The Connection Between Memory and Sleep – NSF Science Nation (Jan 2013)

Neuroscientist Ken Paller and his team at Northwestern University are investigating the connection between memory and sleep. They are studying how different stages of sleep, particularly slow wave sleep, affect memory retention. Their experiments involve participants learning and recalling information while experimenters monitor their brain waves.

World Science Festival – hosted by Brian Greene (Nov 2022)

Where do our dreams come from, why do we have them, and what do they mean?
Deirdre Barrett, Ken Paller, and Antonio Zadra join Brian Greene for a discussion about the mystery and power of dreams.

Dream Hacking – NOVA episode on PBS (Feb 2021)

Greg Kestin’s short documentary explores the possibility of controlling dreams through real-time two-way communication. 

Ken Paller on Dreams and Dreaming – The Why on Newsy (March 2022)

Ken Paller, a psychology professor at Northwestern University, discusses the importance of studying dreams and the connection between dreams and sleep. His research focuses on understanding the benefits of sleep and dreaming, including memory consolidation, creative problem-solving, and psychological well-being. Through innovative experiments, Paller explores how dreams can be communicated and studied in real-time, shedding new light on the understanding of dreams.

NBC’s Doc to Doc – Interview with John Torres (2022)

Ken Paller discusses the importance of sleep, dreams, and their impact on memory and mental health. The conversation explores the effects of daylight saving time on sleep, the role of dreams in problem-solving, and the potential for lucid dreaming as a therapeutic tool

Sleeping & Dreaming – Morning in America, NewsNation

Interview about the importance of good sleep. New research revealed that reminding individuals of previous learning during sleep improved their retention of that information and shed light on the process of memory storage in the human brain.

Dharmsala Session on Monks and Science (Dec 2022)

 
The Emory-Tibet Science Initiative is a science education program for Tibetan Buddhist monastic scholars. Participants in this discussion reflect on how far the program has matured by highlighting the substantive and meaningful collaborations between monastics and scientists that is enriching each tradition in their respective understanding of the science of mind, human well-being, and flourishing.

Ken Paller, a sleep expert and professor of psychology at Northwestern University, discusses sleep learning in an interview. Sleep learning refers to the process of consolidating memories during sleep, rather than acquiring new knowledge.  

Distorted Memories – WTTW Chicago (Oct 2012)

Memories are distorted over time, according to a Northwestern University study led by Donna Bridge. Researchers found that memories change through the process of remembering and become less accurate with each recollection. The study EEG to measure brain activity while volunteers tried to remember where a set of objects were located on three separate days.

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