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Sleep remains one of the great mysteries. We still have limited knowledge about what its overall function is. Information as to how and why the EEG waveforms are made by the brain is spotty. REM is still largely mysterious. For example, Maquet et al. (1996) stated: “The function of REM remains elusive as its neural correlates have not been characterized precisely in man.”

There has been a global research effort for decades to try to solve this mystery. Every imaginable technology has been tried, including all the known brain imaging technologies. Thousands of people have published studies, including a great number on EEG aspects of sleep. Some of the finest scientific minds alive are presently studying sleep. Many inspiration figures have made contributions, including such leading figures as Loomis, Grey Walter, Kleitman, Aserinsky, Dement, and many others. As is so common in science, the expansion of knowledge has been in small increments. With so many papers published, using so many technologies, it is a supreme intellectual challenge to try to put it all together into an integrated whole. We are not there yet.

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Welcome. My name is Dr. Mark Doidge, author of Atlas of the Electrical Generators of Sleep.

 

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Dr. Mark Doidge

Dr. Mark Doidge

conceived and led the project. He earned his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1982.