We spend one third of our lives asleep, yet doctors and scientists still have no complete understanding as to why. It is one of the last great scientific mysteries. UC Berkeley's Matt Walker will talk with us about new discoveries suggesting that, far from being a time when the brain is dormant, sleep is a highly active process essential for a constellation of different functions. These include learning, memory and brain plasticity. Furthermore, a role for sleep in intelligently synthesizing new memories together will be examined, the result of which is next-day creative insights. Finally, a new role for sleep in regulating emotional brain networks will be discussed, optimally preparing us for next day social and psychological challenges.
Speaker: Matt Walker, Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, UC Berkeley
Location: SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street, San Francisco. (This awesome venue has a huge indoor seating area.)
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