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Scientists engineer dreams to understand the sleeping brain

Sleep study by Tiffany Dang
A sleep study by Tiffany Dang for The Scientist
Erin Wamsley
Erin Wamsley, Furman Department of Psychology

New studies by dream researchers promise to move the field from “fringe” to mainstream, says Furman University’s Erin Wamsley, a professor of psychology and neuroscience. Her work is mentioned in an article appearing in The Scientist. She describes her ongoing activities in the Furman Sleep Lab where participants incorporate new learning experiences into their dreams, and where Wamsley is now studying what determines that phenomenon. More than an outlier topic, Wamsley says dream research is simply “another way to understand what the mind and brain are doing during sleep.”

 

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Katie Kelly

Education department blogs land on list of most read in 2020

Associate Professor Katie Kelly and adjunct instructor Marie Havran M'12 pen pieces that were among the International Literacy Association's The Top 10 Most Read Literacy Now Blog Posts of 2020.

Artist rendering of the Joseph Vaughn Plaza that will be installed on the front steps of the Duke Library

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