The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest

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ISBN-13:
9781137279477
Erscheinungsdatum:
11.11.2014
Seiten:
200
Autor:
Penelope A. Lewis
Gewicht:
188 g
Format:
208x136x20 mm
Serie:
MacSci
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

In recent years, neuroscientists have uncovered the countless ways our brain trips us up in day-to-day life, from its propensity toward irrational thought to how our intuitions deceive us. The latest research on sleep, however, points in the opposite direction. Where old wives tales have long advised to "sleep on a problem," today scientists are discovering the truth behind these folk sayings, and how the busy brain radically improves our minds through sleep and dreams. In The Secret World of Sleep , neuroscientist Penny Lewis explores the latest research into the nighttime brain to understand the real benefits of sleep. She shows how, while our body rests, the brain practices tasks it learned during the day, replays traumatic events to mollify them, and forges connections between distant concepts. By understanding the roles that the nocturnal brain plays in our waking life, we can improve the relationship between the two, and even boost creativity and become smarter. This is a fascinating exploration of one of the most surprising corners of neuroscience that shows how science may be able to harness the power of sleep to improve learning, health, and more.
Table of ContentsChapter 1: Why Sleep?Chapter 2: How do we know sleep is important for the brain?Chapter 3: Building blocks of the brainChapter 4: How the brain controls sleepChapter 5: Mental spring cleaning while you sleepChapter 6: How and why memories are 'replayed' in sleepChapter 7: What is dreaming and what does it tell us memory?Chapter 8: Sleep, semantics, and the mindChapter 9: Emotional memories and sleepChapter 10: Does sleep disarm dangerous emotions?Chapter 11: Good sleepers and bad sleepersChapter 12: Getting the most out of your sleepChapter 13: Brief notes on how to get the sleep you need

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