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Sleeping Synapses: Building Brains in Bed

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Past event - 2021
18 May 7pm to 8pm
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What happens to a baby’s mind when they’re asleep? Why do teenagers want to sleep all day? Can we control our dreams? Join us as we tackle these questions and more with the Psychology of Sleep!

Why do infants sleep for so long (and not long enough!)?

Dr Teodora Gliga (Associate Professor in Psychology)
A human newborn only spends a few hours awake - it takes many hours of sleep for them to consolidate the huge amounts of information they learn in the time of minutes or hours before falling asleep. While dampening out sensory input, the sleeping brain rehearses body movements and novel words. Yet not all babies can buffer sensory interference - studying sleep may hold the key to understanding why learning is sometimes slow in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Teenage sleep: the perfect storm

Dr Jo Bower (Lecturer in Psychology)
Ever wondered why teenagers want to stay up late and sleep until noon? Sleep is intricately connected to wellbeing for people of all ages, however, many teens are sleep deprived, in part due to late bedtimes. We will consider some of the biological and social factors which contribute to teenage sleeping patterns and how sleep is linked to teenage wellbeing.

Lucid dreaming: take control of your dreams!

Achilleas Pavlou (Research Associate)
Have you ever had a dream where you realised that you were dreaming? If so, congrats, you have experienced what is called lucid dreaming. While lucid dreaming can be something fun to experience, it also has scientific and therapeutic applications. Lucid dreaming can be trained to be induced more often and researchers are on a mission to develop techniques to induce them reliably and easily. This talk will outline the fascinating research that has been done on lucid dreaming and will cover induction techniques you can try at home!