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Why Do We Sleep? [VIDEO]

August 23, 2013


Professor Russell Foster is a well-known circadian neuroscientist who has spent most of his career  studying the sleep cycles of the brain. In this video from TED Talks he shares some popular theories about sleep, but also busts a few myths and sleeping “old wives” tales.

Interestingly he also hints at a few bold new directions in which sleep studies are going, including how sleep patterns can be used as a predictor of mental health. 

Who is Professor Foster?

Russell Grant Foster is a British professor of circadian neuroscience who is based at the University of Oxford. He and his research group are credited with the discovery of the non-rod, non-cone, photosensitive ganglion cells in the mammalian retina. These provide input to the circadian rhythm system.

Professor Foster is a fellow of the Royal Society since 2008 and a member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council council since 2011.


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