Adrian R. Morrison
Adrian R. Morrison, D.V.M., Ph.D., is professor of behavioral neuroscience at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and immediate past president of the World Federation of Sleep Research Societies. His research focuses on the neural control of sleep and wakefulness. He is co-editor with Steven Fluharty of Progress in Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology (Academic Press, 2003).
The Brain on Night Shift
There are people who lash themselves to their beds to guard against violently acting out their dreams. Other people fall fast asleep without warning during conversations. Both suffer from disorders related to rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. In June 2003, scientists celebrated the 50th anniversary of the discovery of REM sleep and the ensuing advance in understanding brain function. But, writes Morrison, the reason the brain goes into high gear several times a night still eludes scientists.
Scientists in BunkersHow Appeasement of “Animal Rights” Activism Has Failed
These neuroscientists warn that propaganda, political pressure, and outright violence by opponents of animal research now threaten to curtail progress in fields from behavior to psychopharmacology, from addiction to stroke.