Chercheur en neurosciences à l'ICM, Inserm
I am Thomas Andrillon, a post-doctoral fellow at Monash University in Melbourne and the University of New South Wales in Sydney (Australia).
I did my PhD at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (France) on brain's ability to process sensory information during sleep. I examined in particular how local modulations of brain activity such as sleep intrusions during wakefulness and wake intrusions during sleep impact the functioning of the brain.
I showed that, when we get tired, we may become slow at responding to images which is paralleled by neurons getting sluggish themselves. Conversely, when we are asleep, our brain does not completely shut from our environment and we can process auditory information complexly. My work suggests that we can even learn while sleeping!
I have now relocated in Australia in the laboratories of Prof. Nao Tsuchiya and Prof. Joel Pearson, where I will explore the neural mechanisms underlying dreams and whether day-dreaming and mind-dreaming rely on similar brain mechanisms.
Jan 03, 2022 12:14 pm UTC| Health
At the fringe between wakefulness and sleep, there is a grey zone where our consciousness fluctuates, our responsiveness decreases and our awareness of the real world starts to dissolve, giving way to spontaneous...