This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Matthew Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and Founder and Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at UC Berkeley. This extensive conversation gives a clear and compelling picture of our recent understanding of sleep's essential role in our daily lives, from reinforcing learning and memory to regulating emotion.
This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Dreams of a Final Theory, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
Awakenings - From dementia to sleep, and now back again
Stages of Sleep - Deconstructing sleep architecture
Parasomnias and Evolution - Getting it right, most of the time
Learning and Memory - Three vital aspects
Sleeping Better? - Pharmacological effects and self-improvement
Emotional Regulation - How sleep helps keep us balanced
Sleep and Aging - Grappling with the inevitable
Sleep Stigma - Lazy thinking
Further Questions - Motivation, narcolepsy and vicious circles
Lots To Do - Outstanding mysteries and public education
About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:
This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.