The Science of Sleep and Dreams with Dr Glenn Wilson
Sunday 5th May 2019 at 1:00 pm
Brompton Cemetery Chapel
North gate off Old Brompton Rd, South gate off Fulham Rd
London SW10 9UG
Each ticket includes one delightful Hendrick's Gin cocktail and a 20% donation towards a host of restoration projects at Brompton Cemetery
We spend about a third of our life in sleep and perhaps a quarter of that dreaming, yet very little is known about the reasons for either. Although the body is passive, the brain is still highly active during sleep so something important seems to be going on. Is dreaming a bi-product of the process of memory consolidation or just the activity of a default neural network? Does dream content spotlight our waking concerns and can it be interpreted so as to reveal our unconscious fears and desires? Can it provide us with inspiration and guidelines for life’s decisions?
Glenn Wilson - Dr Glenn Wilson is a London-based psychologist specialising in personality, social attitudes and sexual behaviour. He was recently Visiting Professor at Gresham College, London and Adjunct Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. He was a pioneer of evolutionary approaches to human mating and dating behaviour, attracting some hostility when this was unfashionable in the 1970s. In 1983, he introduced the 2D/4D finger ratio as a marker of prenatal testosterone, research on which has burgeoned in recent years. In collaboration with colleagues at the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences he produced a theory of the evolution of brain oscillations and has shown how brain activity relates to personality and can be used to identify sexual preferences. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and makes frequent TV appearances in news and documentary programmes.