The implications of sleep for a healthy mind are as fascinating as observing how your body reacts to a healthier eating habit. Feed yourself sleep and see how it grows your waking mind.
In preparing for Dr. Deirdre Barrett's talk on dreams, on Monday, March 24 in San Antonio, TX, we thought it would be fun to share an article on the basics of sleep.
What makes a neuron fire? That is the question. "The brain is pretty complex and the firing rate is extremely variable, depending upon what the brain is doing at that moment....so it's difficult to describe the firing rate of the entire brain." Now, let's move one step in a slightly different direction and ask, can neurons fire in a person's brain after being in a "vegetative" state?
Neil Armstrong said, as he was hopping around on the moon, "One small step for man and one giant leap for humankind." His statement resonates the same sentiment about how the human mind functions. Consciousness isn't just a philosophical discussion anymore, it is a scientific endeavor, and formulating a theory of consciousness is no easy feat.
Dr. Deirdre Barrett studies the role of dreams in creative problem-solving.
In this post one of our favorite blogs, Mind Hacks, features sleep psychologist Erin Wamsley (Harvard Medical School) and her investigation into how narcolepsy patients "mistake the memory of a dream for a real experience" - leading to delusions that can last for days or weeks.
Dr. Wamsley is a recipient, along with Dr. Robert Stickgold, of a 2011 Mind Science Foundation Tom Slick Research Award in Consciousness for their project investigating how dreaming and thinking about problems of the day during sleep might prepare the brain to solve problems the next day.
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