- October 19, 2017
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
The first sleep book by a leading scientific expert—Professor Matthew Walker, Director of UC Berkeley's Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab—reveals his groundbreaking exploration of sleep, explaining how we can harness its transformative power to change our lives for the better.
Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the questions of why we sleep, what good it serves, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life-eating, drinking, and reproducing-the purpose of sleep remained elusive.
An explosion of scientific discoveries in the last twenty years has shed new light on this fundamental aspect of our lives. In his new book, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. Covering cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Why We Sleep explains how we can harness sleep to improve our and extend our lives.
We know sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming mollifies painful memories and creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds the past and present knowledge to inspire creativity. But many questions remain: how do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? How do common sleep aids affect us and can they do long-term damage?
Join Dr. Walker and CIIS professor Rachael Vaughan for the answers to these questions and more in a conversation about the stunning power of sleeping and dreaming.
Matthew Walker, PhD is an award-winning neuroscientist and a leading world expert on sleep. He has appeared in several Google Tech talks and radio features on BBC and NPR, including Science Friday. Dr. Walker was the feature of a CBS 60 Minutes special entitled "The Science of Sleep." He contributed to the recent National Geographic documentary Sleepless in America; the PBS NOVA special "Memory Hackers"; and, most recently, the BBC Horizon documentary Curing Alzheimer's. He is a frequent international public speaker and offers workshops of various kinds to business leaders and technology firms.
Dr. Walker earned his undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Nottingham University, UK, and his PhD in neurophysiology from the Medical Research Council, London, UK. He subsequently became a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Currently he is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is the founder and Director of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory.
Professor Walker has received numerous awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and is a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. His research examines the impact of sleep on human brain function in healthy and disease populations. To date, Dr. Walker has published over 100 scientific research studies.
Rachael Vaughan, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, T-Group facilitator, trainer, and graduate school professor. She holds an MA in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, California, as well as an MA in Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She has studied at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.
Born in Asia and raised primarily in Europe, Rachael has a lifelong, passionate interest in issues of culture, identity and inclusion. She has a bilingual therapy practice in San Francisco and Marin county, seeing clients in English and French. She writes the Ethnopsychology Blog, and has studied French approaches to psychotherapy, such as ethnopsychiatry and genealogical psychology. Her teaching is informed by multiple cultural perspectives, as well as post-colonial and feminist theory.
Rachael's interest in culture, politics, and group dynamics led her to train in T-Group facilitation and organizational dynamics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Corporate bullying, the trauma of work, and issues of psychological colonization are an area of interest and engagement for her, and she works daily with issues of oppression and liberation with clients in her practice.
For Rachael, passionate engagement with both the political and the depth-psychological is no contradiction. The motto of her alma mater is animae mundi colendae gratia: "for the sake of tending the soul of the world". Surely to tend the soul of the world must involve integrating the two.
As a Jungian-oriented therapist, Rachael frequently works with dreams as a window to the personal and collective psyche. She has studied advanced dreamwork with Dr Stephen Aizenstat, and teaches dreamwork at several Bay Area psychotherapy training institutes. She is particularly interested in the somatics of dreaming, and in how symbol, metaphor and movement mediate between implicit and explicit memory. Rachael has a ten-year dance and authentic movement practice, and she is currently studying Somatic Experiencing.
Rachael also holds a Permaculture Design Certificate and has an active interest in eco-psychology, grounded in gardening, nature art and rural life. She is a member of the Shambhala lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.