Mysteries of the Mind

How do our waking lives meet our sleeping brains?

with Dr Lauren N. Whitehurst

We know some of the basic factors that can disrupt sleep: caffeine, blue light, stress... But how does the way we spend our waking time change our sleeping brain?

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On average, we spend a third of our life sleeping.

In this separate life, the brain’s ability to think, learn and remember works differently than when we are awake. Factors like stress or the use of drugs can affect the quality of our sleep and this has a knock-on effect on our abilities during our waking lives.

Dr Lauren Whitehurst joins us in The Garden to uncover the mysteries of how the life we live during the day impacts the life we have when we're asleep.

Originally hosted live at The Garden on 10/6/2021

Talk outline


50 minutes

What to expect

30 minute talk

20 minute Member Q&A

Dr Lauren N. Whitehurst

Dr Lauren N. Whitehurst is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky. In her lab, she studies how certain factors may affect sleep and what effects those factors might have in our waking behaviours.

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