October 31, 2005
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.—Noted sleep researcher J. Allan Hobson will offer a lecture titled “From Angels to Neurons: Art and the New Science of Dreaming” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Asian Languages and Civilizations Department, the Neuroscience Program, The Samuel Cummings '26 Lecture Fund, The Eastman Fund and the Tagliabue Fund, Hobson's lecture is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a reception in the lobby of Converse.
A noted sleep and dream researcher, Hobson received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and currently serves as a professor of psychiatry and director of the Laboratory of Neurophysiology at Harvard. He served as a Special Fellow of the National Institute of Mental Health, Department of Physiology, at the University of Lyon in France from 1963 to 1964. He was the invited lecturer at the Dipartimento di Psicologia, Universita di Bologna's 900th anniversary celebration in 1988. Hobson is the recipient of a 2004 Tom Slick Award in Consciousness.
Hobson is the author of several best-selling books based on his research, including The Dreaming Brain: How the Brain Creates Both the Sense and the Nonsense of Dreams (1989); The Chemistry of Conscious States: How the Brain Changed Its Mind (1994); Dreaming as Delirium: How the Brain Goes out of Its Mind (1994); The Dream Drugstore: Chemically Altered States of Consciousness (2001); Out of Its Mind: Psychiatry in Crisis: A Call for Reform (2001); Dreaming: An Introduction to the Science of Sleep (2004) and most recently, 13 Dreams Freud Never Had: A New Mind Science (2004).