Sleep, Memory and Dreams: Putting it all together

It's no secret that without a good night's sleep we feel mentally sluggish. But what does our brain do while we sleep? Is there a scientific reason we dream? Dr. Robert Stickgold will explore why dreaming and sleep are key to retaining, strengthening and processing new memories and skills.

Robert Stickgold, Ph.D.

Robert Stickgold, Ph.D.
Dr. Stickgold is an associate professor of psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. He received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, both in biochemistry. He has published over 100 scientific publications, including papers in Science, Nature, JAMA and Nature Neuroscience. He has also spoken multiple times at the Boston Museum of Science and at Amsterdam's NEMO science center.

His current work looks at the nature and function of sleep and dreams from a cognitive neuroscience perspective, with an emphasis on the role of sleep and dreams in memory consolidation and integration, and how defects in these processes contribute to psychiatric disorders, including PTSD and schizophrenia. His work is funded by the National Institute for Mental Health.