Sleep is critical for learning and memory. While we sleep, our brains are hard at work consolidating new learning into long-term memory, integrating it with prior experience, and scanning for new insights. Why work hard burning the midnight oil when you can outsource learning to your sleeping brain? In this lecture, we will cover the science of sleep and learning, unlocking the ways we can optimize our studying to make maximal use of our sleep. Sleep smart! Learn better.
William Coon is a sleep scientist and neural signals engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. He earned his PhD in brain-computer interfacing (BCI) and neural signals analysis at the National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnology in Albany, NY, and has trained in the science of sleep, circadian rhythms, and learning starting as an undergraduate at McGill and Brown universities, followed by three years of postdoctoral experience at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. In his work at APL, he fuses sleep science and BCI engineering, developing real-time, closed-loop systems that measure and interact with the brain’s nocturnal information processing functions.