Wednesday 29 March
Dr Adrian Owen is a British neuroscientist based in Canada who has made pioneering studies of the 'grey zone': the twilight worlds of consciousness that lie between awareness, sleep, coma and death. Here, he discusses them with the Science Museum’s Roger Highfield.
While working in Cambridge, Owen made headlines worldwide by showing it was possible to use brain scanners to communicate with patients thought to be in a vegetative state. With Highfield, he conducted the world’s biggest intelligence test. Next month, Owen is going to conduct the largest ever study of the effects of sleep by encouraging hundreds of thousands of volunteers to report on their sleeping habits and undergo online tests.
Dr Adrian Owen is the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging at The Brain and Mind Institute, Western University, Canada. Later this year he will publish 'Into the Grey Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death'.
Dr Roger Highfield is the Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum, and author of 'The Mind Readers'.