I was born next door to the philosopher Krishnamurti in Ojai, CA. I grew up surrounded by music, specificaly sitting under my father's piano while he played, and spending a good deal of time in "Lainie's Room," a cabaret at the Playboy Club Resorts
As a practicing artist, my work is often performative; collaborative with strangers or friends sharing subtle experiences that reveal the greatness of all human beings. I work with the public because I am dedicated to spreading discovery. I make prints as Profailure Press. I make music with my dad as Brute Force and Daughter of Force, and with the good people of Tornado Rainbow.
Born in Denmark, but raised in the Hollywood Hills, half-jewish, but raised by atheists, I always thought I was different. LA music in the 80s fed me a nutritious blend of X, fIREHOSE, Meat Puppets, early Jane’s Addiction, Chili Peppers and Fishbone. Bard College in the 90s cracked opened my head to NYC art punk rock, with the likes of Pere Ubu, Sonic Youth, Elliot Sharp and the Knitting Factory days on Houston. Although, I now make science with my head, I make music with my heart.
I am the author of “Take a Nap! Change Your Life” and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. In 2003, I received a PhD in psychology from Harvard University. After which, I completed a three year fellowship at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA.
My research is devoted to understanding how napping can improve human performance, memory and creativity. Through the use of such cutting-edge technology as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG), we can begin to actually pinpoint the areas of the brain that underlie these improvements.
I work in collaboration with numerous academic institutions, the U.S. Navy, V.A. Medical Center and private businesses. My scientific articles have been published in such leading scientific journals as /Nature Neuroscience/ and /The Proceedings from the National Academy of Science/. I am a member of and have presented my work at numerous scientific societies, including the National Sleep Foundation, Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Society for Neuroscience, and Vision Sciences Society. Media attention from my research and “Take a Nap!” include CNN, Reuters TV, NPR, The /Economist/, /The Wall Street Journal/, /Consumer Reports Health Journal, Reader’s Digest/, The New York /Times/ and many other major media outlets.