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How sleep helps us process and consolidate memories

Why do we sleep? Why do we dream? How do sleep and dreams shape our memories?

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks to neuroscientist Ted Abel — the founding director of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute at the University of Iowa. For decades, Abel has been studying sleep in humans, how sleep aids in storing memories and keeping the brain, and body, healthy. Listeners also share their questions about the intersection of sleep, dreams and memory


  • Ted Abel, Roy J. Carver Chair in Neuroscience, Director of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa