Sleep and Cognition: Dr. Adrian Owen OBE

Referred to by Neil as a "neuroscience rock star" - not because of his role as the lead singer / lead guitarist of an all-scientist rock band, but because this year, he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his contributions to science - Dr. Adrian Owen brings perspective and wisdom gleaned from a career spent looking at brains.

Neil and Dr. Owen cover a wide range of topics here, including:

  • The Terri Schiavo case (and "persistent vegetative states")
  • The relationship between neuroplasticity, Dave Matthews and the TV show House
  • The impact of getting too little sleep on cognition
  • The impact of getting too much sleep on cognition
  • What IS cognition, anyway? (SPOILER ALERT: It's not just about Alzheimer's and memory. You depend on your cognition hundreds, even thousands of times a day.)
  • A test you can take - right now - that's basically a breathalyzer for your cognitive function.


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Neil Hedley

Neil Hedley spent three decades helping people wake up as a morning radio host. Now, he's trying to help them sleep, after battling insomnia since the age of six. Neil is also a bestselling author, television personality, and runs a podcast production facility and advertising & content creation company on Vancouver Island.

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