The Russian Sleep Experiment is Back on PBS and the NHL!
PBS NewsHour – New York City – February 13, 2018 — — This week on PBS News Hour: “How Did It Start?”
How did it start?
A fascinating story of the Russian sleeper agent who turned a sleepy town into a nightmarish nightmare.
“The Sleepless Party: The Russian Experiment” features interviews with the CIA, the Russian Foreign Ministry, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“I Have a Dream” features an insider account of Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s dream.
And “The Russian Sleep Experiment” is back on PBS, this time with an all-star cast of experts in the fields of sleep science and neuroscience.
The story begins in 1957, when the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia.
The Soviet sleeper agent, Dmitry Pavlov, was recruited to spy on the Czechs.
Pavlov was one of the most dangerous of the Soviet spies.
In 1960, Pavlov and another sleeper agent were caught in Prague, where they were tortured by Czech guards.
The two were given the death sentence and executed by firing squad.
But one night in Prague’s Central Square, the guards found the bodies of Pavlov’s accomplices and Pavlov himself.
His death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment and he was released.
Pavkov lived out the rest of his life as a recluse.
When he died in 2004, he was buried in the heart of the Prague Cathedral.
The CIA, in partnership with a small team of Russian scientists, was able to reconstruct the events leading up to his death.
The Russian scientists analyzed the brain activity of Pavkov’s handlers and found a pattern of activity in Pavlovs amygdala, an area involved in memory, and the nucleus accumbens, a brain area involved with emotion and fear.
The Russians were able to find the neural pathways that led Pavlov to lash out at his handlers.
After months of work, the scientists determined that Pavlov had become “a person who, for some unknown reason, felt the need to lash and lash and lashed.”
The Russian sleep experiment has been a major topic of discussion in the media and academia for decades.
But what made the Russian experiment stand out was the unprecedented nature of its success.
The scientists’ success has been so well-known that Pavkovs successor, Igor Pavlov Jr., has dedicated his life to researching the Russian sleep experiments.
The result of this groundbreaking work has been the “Igor Pavlov” project.
The study of Pavovs brain has been published in several scientific journals, and is widely known as a top-notch example of sleep research.
In this episode of PBS News, we take a look at how the Russian Sleep experiment turned the sleepy town of Prague into a nightmare.
The team that brought us the story, Dr. Vladimir Pavlov is a professor of psychology at the University of Southern California and one of a small group of scientists in the field.
The other members of the team include Dr. Michael D’Antonio, an assistant professor of neurology at the Harvard Medical School and director of the Neurobehavioral Neuroscience Laboratory at Harvard Medical Center; Dr. David E. Lesh, a neuroscientist and the director of Harvard University’s Program on Aging and Brain Health; and Dr. Richard W. Anderson, a professor and director at Boston University School of Medicine.
Dr. Losh, who is the associate director of psychiatry at Boston Medical Center, said that Pavov is the most important person in the history of Russian sleep research because he was able “to take the whole brain of a sleeper and analyze the neural circuits that lead to a kind of human waking state.”
“The Russians have a history of trying to figure out ways to manipulate the sleep cycle, to get us to wake up during the night,” Lesh said.
The Soviets took advantage of Pavlovs desire to manipulate sleep patterns to gather intelligence, and he wanted to learn as much as he could about human behavior.
The KGB was a powerful spy organization, and they had the most powerful and well-funded scientific network in the world.
“If they wanted to know how to sleep, they had to go to Pavlov,” Losh said.
They sent Pavlov his results.
In his research, Pavlomovs handlers were able, for the first time, to record brain activity during the moment of sleep.
And as the Soviets watched their subjects fall asleep, Pavlvovs own brain activity became synchronized with that of his handler.
“We saw this amazing synchronization,” Lush said.
Pavlovichs handlers had an advantage: The brain activity was recorded while Pavlov slept.
This enabled Pavlov researchers to capture information that would be important to their efforts to infiltrate the Soviet intelligence services.
“Pavlov’s results have changed the way we think about sleep and how we conduct research,” L. L. Pavlikov, a psychologist at the university