Dr. Antonio Zadra, is a full-time professor of psychology at the University of Montreal and is a researcher at the Center for Advanced Research in Sleep (CARSM). He holds a Masters in experimental psychology and a PhD in clinical psychology. He also wrote the book When Brains Dream: Exploring the Science and Mystery of Sleep alongside co-author Robert Stickgold. Together they detail a new theory on why we dream and call it the NEXTUP model. Antonio’s focus is on the scientific study of dreams, including everyday dreams, nightmares, lucid dreams, sleep terrors, and sleep walking. Together with his students and collaborators, Antonio has published over one hundred research articles and collected thousands of firsthand dream reports.
Antonio is committed to balance – balance between a sense of presence and an ability to plan for the future and balance between soaking all he can out of life’s moments without becoming too caught up in things either good or bad. As a college student, a dream turned him to psychology, which led him to fulfill his ultimate aim of studying dreams and becoming, as he styles it, an oneironaut. Through his many roles as a professor, author and speaker, Antonio has approached dreams with both scientific rigor and childlike curiosity. He grounds himself in objective study while losing himself in explorations of the mysterious worlds our sleeping selves create.
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