Course details


Introduction to Sleep and Dreams

SS 2023 Prof. Dr. Gordon Pipa, Jule Bufler, Fariburz Irani OFFLINE

CS-BW - Bachelor elective course
CS-MW - Master elective course
Thu: 10-12

The goal in this course is to provide a broad overview of the topics of Sleep and dreams. We will discuss these questions: Why do we sleep? Which sleep stages fulfill which function (for example, memory consolidation)? What are the neurobiological bases of sleep? What happens during sleep deprivation? How is sleep researched? What are the sleep disorders and how do you treat them? How are certain psychopathologies such as depression related to sleep? How is sleep recorded? What technical devices and analysis tools and algorithms facilitate the study of sleep? Why do we dream? What insights can we gain from lucid dream research for consciousness research? How do certain medications and other substances affect sleep? The format of the course is to be a mix of presentations from the students and lecturers and hopefully (if the pandemic rules allow) we will also go into the sleep lab and collect our own sleep data.