Press

Recent press on WISC research

  • 01/17/20: The trailer for the new Arte documentary ‘Losing Sleep’ has been made available here. The documentary, set to be released in early 2020, features an interview with WISC researcher Prof. Chiara Cirelli about her research on sleep and the Synaptic Homeostasis Hypothesis.
  • 12/23/19: In this episode of the Wisconsin Public Radio program Central Time, Dr. Amandine Valomon discusses fearful dreams and some theories of why we have them. (Interview from 00:14:33 – 00:22:00)
  • 11/7/19: In their new episode on sleep, the Science VS podcast interviews WISC Assistant Director of Research Brady Riedner on the phenomenon of ‘local sleep.’
  • 8/27/19: In ‘Better sleep in space?,’ Channel 3000’s News 3 highlights the Philips SmartSleep Deep Sleep Headband, a sleep-optimizing device that will soon be tested on astronauts in space.
  • 8/19/19: In this television interview with NBC15’s The Morning Show, WISC Assistant Director Stephanie Jones talks about the importance of sleep for children and teens as they transition out of their summer schedule and begin the new school year.
  • 8/11/2019: In this video, Spectrum TV’s Kathryn Larson interviews WISC Assistant Director Stephanie Jones on the Philips SmartSleep Deep Sleep Headband.
  • 7/6/2019: In this article, the Wisconsin State Journal sits down with WISC Assistant Directors Stephanie Jones and Brady Riedner to discuss the new Philips SmartSleep Deep Sleep Headband, a device designed by WISC researchers to make sleep more efficient by promoting restorative, slow wave activity.
  • 2/21/2019: In this article, Sally McGrane of Medium talks with WISC researcher Dr. Benjamin Baird and others about lucid dreaming and the future of research in the field.
  • 4/15/2019: In this short article, Amelia Kaye of the The Statesman discusses WISC Director Giulio Tononi’s Mind/Brain Lecture at Stony Brook University.
  • 4/10/2019: In ‘A researcher’s three-peat,‘ The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) Foundation interviews WISC Medical Director David Plante on winning three separate AASM awards over the course of his career.
  • 3/27/2019: In ‘Are we close to solving the puzzle of consciousness?’ BBC Future‘s David Robson discusses the integrated information theory of consciousness with WISC Director Giulio Tononi.
  • 3/6/2019: In ‘Neuroscience Readies for a Showdown Over Consciousness Ideas,’ Quanta Magazine‘s Philip Ball discusses the major competitor theories of consciousness, including the integrated information theory, a theory developed by WISC Director Dr. Giulio Tononi and his colleagues over the past 20 years.
  • 1/26/2019: In this interview with the Spanish science blog NAUKAS, WISC researcher Larissa Albantakis discusses consciousness and the integrated information theory.
  • 10/25/2018: In ‘What is Lucid Dreaming?,’ Michael Schroeder of US News interviews WISC postdoc Benjamin Baird about his recent research on lucid dreaming.
  • 9/30/2018: In ‘Episode 47: Consciousness and Integrated Information Theory (Part II) – Further analysis and discussion,’ Jack Symes (podcast host) and Hedda Hassel Morch (guest) continue their discussion on the integrated information theory of consciousness and panspsychism.
  • 9/27/2018: In the article ‘Your weird dreams actually make a lot of sense (according to neuroscience and psychology),’ NBC News interviews WISC postdoc Benjamin Baird about his research on the neural correlates of dreaming.
  • 9/23/2018: In ‘Episode 47: Consciousness and Integrated Information Theory (Part I)’ of The Panpsychist Podcast, Jack Symes (podcast host) and Dr. Hedda Hassel Morch (guest) discuss the integrated information theory of consciousness and its relation to panpsychism.
  • 8/17/2018: In this article from IFLScience!, WISC postdoc Benjamin Baird discusses new research suggesting that Galantamine can increase the frequency of lucid dreaming.
  • 5/9/2018: In the Nature article ‘What is consciousness?,’ Dr. Christof Koch discusses WISC Director Giulio Tononi’s pioneering work on understanding and measuring consciousness.
  • 5/7/2018: UW SMPH article on WISC researcher Dr. Chiara Cirelli receiving the Sleep Research Society’s award for outstanding research
  • 4/2/2018: In ‘How do you know you are reading this?,’ Jason Pontin of WIRED magazine discusses the integrated information theory of consciousness and the practical measures of consciousness developed using the theory.
  • 12/6/2017: WISC sleep researchers Drs. Giulio Tononi and Chiara Cirelli by UW SMPH in their article’ UW’s influential sleep researchers get ideas during walks in the woods.’
  • 11/24/2017: In ‘UW study searches for signs of unsettling sleep,’ David Wahlberg of the Wisconsin State Journal talks with WISC researcher Dr. Amandine Valomon about parasomnias such as REM sleep behavior disorder.
  • 7/25/17: In this article from Philosophy Now, Dr. Hedda Hassel Mørch discusses the philosophical implications of The Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness, a theory of consciousness developed over the past 20 years by WISC Director Dr. Giulio Tononi and his colleagues.
  • 7/1/2017: In the article ‘Brain Activity during Sleep Can Predict When Someone Is Dreaming,’ Scientific American discusses a recent study on dreaming by WISC researchers Benjamin Baird and Giulio Tononi.
  • 6/22/2017: Jon Hamilton of NPR interviews WISC researcher Dr. Benjamin Baird in his article ‘Forget Freud: Dreams Replay Our Everyday Lives.’
  • 5/4/2017: In the Nautilus article ‘A Theory of Consciousness Can Help build a Theory of Everything,’ George Musser discusses work on consciousness, integrated information theory and causation recently published by WISC researchers Dr. Giulio Tononi, Dr. Erik Hoel, Dr. Larissa Albantakis, and Dr. William Marshall.
  • 4/10/2017: In the Newsweek article ‘Scientists are finally figuring out why we dream-and the brain processes responsible,’ author Hannah Osborne discusses new research on dreaming published by WISC researchers Dr. Lampros Perogamvros and Dr. Giulio Tononi
  • 2/3/2017: In ‘Sleep may help us to forget by rebalancing brain synapses,’ The Guardian reports on new empirical evidence for the synaptic homeostasis hypothesis.
  • 2/2/2017: In the article ‘The purpose of sleep? To forget, scientists say,’ the New York Times reports on two recent articles that provide remarkable evidence for the synaptic homeostasis hypothesis, a theory of sleep function developed by WISC researchers Drs. Chiara Cirelli and Giulio Tononi.
  • 2/2/2017: WISC researcher Dr. Chiara Cirelli is interviewed about the synaptic homeostasis hypothesis in VOA News‘s article ‘Sleep Shrinks Synapses, Preps for New Learning.’
  • 2/1/2017: In ‘Sleep, Precious Sleep,’ Emily Leas of BRAVA Magazine discusses sleep-related research and health concerns with WISC Assistant Director Stephanie Jones.