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Photo of Robert Stickgold ROBERT STICKGOLD

Bob Stickgold was born in Chicago, attended college at Harvard University and received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He subsequently did work in neurochemistry and neurophysiology before settling into his current research on sleep and dreaming in the cognitive neurosciences.

Currently, Dr. Stickgold is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and works in the Laboratory of Neurophysiology in the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Boston. The laboratory maintains a web site at

Dr. Stickgold's research interests include sleep and cognition, dreaming, and conscious states. He has also written two science fiction novels, both published by Del Rey: Gloryhits and The California Coven Project. He is married and has two daughters and a son.

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Scientific American Frontiers
Fall 1990 to Spring 2000
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