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Why Does My Brain Sleep?

Why Does My Brain Sleep?

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Abstract:
We spend one third of our lives asleep, yet doctors and scientists still have no complete understanding as to why. It is one of the last great scientific mysteries. This talk will describe new discoveries suggesting that, far from being a time when the brain is dormant, sleep is a highly active process critical for a constellation of different functions. These include the importance of sleep for learning, memory and brain plasticity. Furthermore, a role for sleep in intelligently synthesizing new memories together will be examined, the result of which is next-day creative insights. Finally, a new role for sleep in regulating emotional brain networks will be discussed, optimally preparing us for next day social and psychological challenges.

Bio:
Matthew Walker earned his PhD in neurophysiology from the Medical Research Council in London, UK, and subsequently became an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School in 2004. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of California Berkeley. He is the recipient of funding awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. In 2006 he became 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.

 

Walkability: Alicia Barber

Walkability: Alicia Barber

As the cities we live in grow and change, some of their central areas can become less appealing, and less walkable. By setting a few key priorities for these areas, each one of us can help to reclaim these spaces as functional and attractive parts of our communities.

 

Stephen Pratt, Infosys Consulting – Leadership and Networking from the CEO Perspective – Haas

Stephen Pratt, Infosys Consulting – Leadership and Networking from the CEO Perspective – Haas

Stephen Pratt, CEO and managing director, Infosys Consulting, speaks on Leadership and Networking from the CEO Perspective at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. This lecture is part of the annual Career Management Conference for first-year full-time MBA students and the Deans Speaker Series. (October 20, 2009)

The University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business is one of the world’s leading producers of new ideas and knowledge in all areas of business – which includes the distinction of having two of its faculty members receive the Nobel Prize in Economics over the past 15 years. The school offers six degree-granting programs. Its mission is to develop innovative business leaders – individuals who redefine how we do business by putting new ideas into action, and who do so responsibly. The school’s distinctive culture is defined by four key principles – question the status quo; confidence without attitude; students always; and, beyond yourself.

 

John Hagel, Deloitte Center for the Edge – Haas School’s Dean’s Speaker Series

John Hagel, Deloitte Center for the Edge – Haas School’s Dean’s Speaker Series

John Hagel, co-chairman, Silicon Valley-based Deloitte Center for the Edge, on “The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion.” Part of the Dean’s Speaker Series at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. Introduction by Dean Rich Lyons. (April 13, 2010)

The University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business is one of the world’s leading producers of new ideas and knowledge in all areas of business – which includes the distinction of having two of its faculty members receive the Nobel Prize in Economics over the past 15 years. The school offers six degree-granting programs. Its mission is to develop innovative business leaders – individuals who redefine how we do business by putting new ideas into action, and who do so responsibly. The school’s distinctive culture is defined by four key principles – question the status quo; confidence without attitude; students always; and, beyond yourself.

 

MBA Commencement 2009: John Woolard – Haas School

MBA Commencement 2009: John Woolard – Haas School

John Woolard, CEO, BrightSource Energy and Haas alumnus (MBA 97), gives the 2009 MBA Commencement speech at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. (May 17, 2009)

 

Ginger Hardage, Haas School of Business Dean’s Speakers Series

Ginger Hardage, Haas School of Business Dean’s Speakers Series

Ginger Hardage, Senior Vice President Culture & Communications, Southwest Airlines speaks to the Haas School of Business about culture.

 

Glen Fukushima, Airbus Japan — Haas School

Glen Fukushima, Airbus Japan — Haas School

Glen S. Fukushima, president and CEO of Airbus Japan, gives a talk at the Haas School, UC Berkeley, entitled “The US Presidential Election and Japan.” Fukushima, a longtime observer of and participant in relations between the United States and Japan, will talk about the preference among Japanese leaders for Republican presidential administrations and the implications of that relationship on US-Japanese relations. (March 21, 2008)

The University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business is one of the world’s leading producers of new ideas and knowledge in all areas of business – which includes the distinction of having two of its faculty members receive the Nobel Prize in Economics over the past 15 years. The school offers six degree-granting programs. Its mission is to develop innovative business leaders – individuals who redefine how we do business by putting new ideas into action, and who do so responsibly. The school’s distinctive culture is defined by four key principles – question the status quo; confidence without attitude; students always; and, beyond yourself.

 

N.W. (Bill) Jasper, Jr., Dolby Labs – Haas School

N.W. (Bill) Jasper, Jr., Dolby Labs – Haas School

The Dean’s Speaker Series: “Innovation at Dolby Laboratories.” N.W. (Bill) Jasper, Jr., CEO, President, and Director of Dolby Laboratories, speaking on innovation at the Haas School, UC Berkeley. Over the past 25 years, Jasper has led Dolby’s successful transition from analog audio pioneer to digital entertainment company. (August 21, 2007)

The University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business is one of the world’s leading producers of new ideas and knowledge in all areas of business – which includes the distinction of having two of its faculty members receive the Nobel Prize in Economics over the past 15 years. The school offers six degree-granting programs. Its mission is to develop innovative business leaders – individuals who redefine how we do business by putting new ideas into action, and who do so responsibly. The school’s distinctive culture is defined by four key principles – question the status quo; confidence without attitude; students always; and, beyond yourself.

 

Dave Olsen, Starbucks – Haas School

Dave Olsen, Starbucks – Haas School

Starbucks Cofounder Dave Olsen speaking at the Haas School, UC Berkeley, on his successes and the importance of “Leading from the Heart.”

Starbucks has been consistently ranked as both one of the best companies to work for in America as well as one of the most admired. Olsen discusses how Starbucks maintains its extraordinary values, operations, and fiscal performance while adding almost 2000 stores each year. (June 23, 2006)

The University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business is one of the world’s leading producers of new ideas and knowledge in all areas of business – which includes the distinction of having two of its faculty members receive the Nobel Prize in Economics over the past 15 years. The school offers six degree-granting programs. Its mission is to develop innovative business leaders – individuals who redefine how we do business by putting new ideas into action, and who do so responsibly. The school’s distinctive culture is defined by four key principles – question the status quo; confidence without attitude; students always; and, beyond yourself.

 

Steve Foster, TPG Ventures — Haas School

Steve Foster, TPG Ventures — Haas School

Steve Foster, Managing Director and Founder of TPG Ventures, has been investing in startups since 1996 and has been associated with such high-profile successful investments as Juniper Networks. This talk, “It is not about the check — Investing is not just ‘doing deals’” is part of the Berkeley-Columbia MBA Speaker Series, and took place at the Haas School, UC Berkeley. (June 15, 2007)

The University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business is one of the world’s leading producers of new ideas and knowledge in all areas of business – which includes the distinction of having two of its faculty members receive the Nobel Prize in Economics over the past 15 years. The school offers six degree-granting programs. Its mission is to develop innovative business leaders – individuals who redefine how we do business by putting new ideas into action, and who do so responsibly. The school’s distinctive culture is defined by four key principles – question the status quo; confidence without attitude; students always; and, beyond yourself.