Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the evolution and role of Circadian Rhythms, the so-called body clock that influences an organism's daily cycle of physical, behavioural and mental changes. The rhythms are generated within organisms and also in response to external stimuli, mainly light and darkness. They are found throughout the living world, from bacteria to plants, fungi to animals and, in humans, are noticed most clearly in sleep patterns.
Professor of Circadian Neuroscience at the University of Oxford
Professor of Neuroendocrinology at the University of Surrey
Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College London.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
Russell G. Foster and Leon Kreitzman, Seasons of Life: The Biological Rhythms That Enable Living Things to Thrive and Survive (Profile Books, 2009)
Russell G. Foster and Leon Kreitzman, The Rhythms Of Life: The Biological Clocks That Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing (Profile Books, 2004)
Jim Horne, Sleepfaring: A Journey through the Science of Sleep (Oxford University Press, 2006)
Penelope A. Lewis, The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)
Steven W. Lockley and Russell G. Foster, Sleep: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012)
Paul Martin, Counting Sheep: The Science and Pleasures of Sleep and Dreams (First published 2002; Flamingo 2010)
|Interviewed Guest||Russell Foster|
|Interviewed Guest||Debra Skene|
|Interviewed Guest||Steve Jones|