Each colored dot continuously moves back and forth in a straight line. However when all the dots are viewed as a whole, our brains perceive a rotating flower. Pretty cool huh?!
Neuroscientist Russell Foster describes sleep as “the single most important behavioral experience that we have.” He describes how our perception of sleep has changed over the course of human history — from that of an appreciated necessity in the 16th century to “a criminal waste of time” by the start of the 20th century. Dr. Foster describes the importance of sleep in memory consolidation and problem solving, and highlights the link between sleep deprivation and setbacks such as poor judgement, drug/alcohol consumption, weight gain, mental illness and even cancer.
Do you think that you only need to start worrying about depression in your children when they reach the difficult teenage years? If so, then it’s time to think again. Several studies have shown that depression is worryingly common in children younger than six years old. In fact, the number of reported cases of depression in preschool children (three to five years old) per year is steadily increasing. Continue reading
In this video Michael Stevens speaks about the strong link between REM sleep and memory. He also raises the thought stirring question – “Do dreams serve a primary purpose?”