Includes On the Web and In the News links curated by the authors, along with other audio/video content.
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Description: This article accompanies the In the News feature in this chapter.
Description: Why do we need sleep and what are the physiological processes driving our circadian rhythm?
Video 2: Why Do We Sleep?
Description: Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist who studies the sleep cycles of the brain and asks: what do we know about sleep?
Video 3: Sleep Disorders
Description: Dr. Susan Harbison, neuroscientist at the National Heart, Lungs, and Blood Institute, is researching sleeping disorders and their treatment.
Description: Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio uses this simple question to give us a glimpse into how our brains create our sense of self.
Video 5: What Is Consciousness?
Description: Understanding what consciousness is, and why and how it evolved, is perhaps the greatest mystery known to science.
Audio 1: Science of Sleep: Circadian Rhythms
Description: Professor Russell Foster discusses recent developments in our understanding of sleep cycles and how our body clock or “circadian rhythm” is programmed at a cellular level.
On the Web 1: The National Sleep Foundation
Description: The National Sleep Foundation has links to sites of sleep research and support organizations, results of the annual poll Sleep in America, and information on sleep disorders.
On the Web 2: The Sleep Well
Description: The Sleep Well is the website of William Dement, noted sleep researcher.
On the Web 3: Sleep
Description: The NOVA video Sleep is an entertaining treatment of the role of sleep in memory.
On the Web 4: Sleep Education
Description: The American Academy of Sleep’s Sleep Education page is a good source for information about sleep disorders and treatments.
On the Web 5: ABC News
Description: ABC News video cameras caught Amy and Anna raiding the refrigerator – while they were asleep!
On the Web 6: Science of Consciousness
Description: Science of Consciousness is a directory of thousands of articles on the topic.
Description: Charlie Rose interviews neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran, and the website TED presents a lecture by consciousness expert Dan Dennett.