Thursday, 6 March 1997, 12:00AM

Exploring the Brain: Sleep and Dreams

Baroness Greenfield of Otmoor
Sleep is a fundermental function of an elaborate brain. All birds and mammals for the last two hundred million years have displayed some type of sleep pattern. But what is it, what is its function, and where does sleeping fit in?

Part of the lecture series, Exploring the Brain.
Although the brain is exquisitely sensitive to receiving inputs from the outside world and orchestrating its reactions in terms of movement, a phenomenal amount of processing occurs between these input and output stages. This series of lectures focuses on how much is known about the inner functionings of the brain and how they are organised.

Baroness (Susan) Greenfield CBE is a scientist, writer, broadcaster, and member of the House of Lords. Professor Greenfield was the Gresham Professor of Physic between 1995 and 1999. Her area of special sceintific interest is the physiology of the human brain, particularly Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

Upon her appointment to the Physic chair at Gresham College, Professor Greenfield wrote the following:

"I shall use the Gresham appointment to advance the public's undertsanding of the brain. This subject holds an immediate fascination for virtually everyone, because it embraces a wide range of issues, at least one of which has touched most people's lives or fired a particular interest: infant development, use and abuse of drugs, strokes, schizophrenia, brain scans, and the physical basis of consciousness are all topics of immediate meaning to the general public. Although many people are intrigued by the brain, they have no means of discovering even the most basic and well established facts. The average person is discouraged by the plethora of specialist terminology which can so easily keep the brain as an inaccessible mystery. Although this mystery remains, even for those such as myself who have studied it for some twenty-five years, it is important for as many people as possible to appreciate the extent opf what we do know."

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