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Instant Genius Podcast: The science of dreams, with Sidarta Ribeiro

Published: 30th May, 2022 at 07:00
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Neuroscientist Sidarta Ribeiro joins us on our podcasts, Instant Genius and Instant Genius Extra.

Instant Genius is a bite-sized masterclass in podcast form. In this week's episode, we talk to Sidarta Ribeiro.


He's a Professor of Neuroscience at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil and author of The Oracle of Night: The history and science of dreams (£20, Bantam Press).

In this episode, he explains what is going on in our brains when we dream.

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And if that's not enough, you can hear even more from Sidarta on Instant Genius Extra.

On this subscription-only show, available on Apple Podcasts, we take a deeper dive into the topics covered on Instant Genius. In this episode, Sidarta discusses the meaning of dreams and why they are a vital component of the human experience.

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Jason Goodyer
Jason GoodyerCommissioning editor, BBC Science Focus

Jason is the commissioning editor for BBC Science Focus. He holds an MSc in physics and was named Section Editor of the Year by the British Society of Magazine Editors in 2019. He has been reporting on science and technology for more than a decade. During this time, he's walked the tunnels of the Large Hadron Collider, watched Stephen Hawking deliver his Reith Lecture on Black Holes and reported on everything from simulation universes to dancing cockatoos. He looks after the magazine’s and website’s news sections and makes regular appearances on the Instant Genius Podcast.


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