Klaus M. Stiefel
Your Brain on Diving – New insights into the function of the human brain underwater
In “Your Brain on Diving” biologist and technical diver Dr. Klaus M. Stiefel explains some exciting new insights into the workings of the human brain for the interested layperson. Topics include novel results on the mechanism causing the dreaded inert gas narcosis which can distort a diver’s senses and the brain-mechanisms of controlling breathing and breath hold during freediving (apnea diving).
The book also discusses new scientific results about the genetic adaptation of Southeast Asia’s “sea gypsies” (the Bajao tribe) to extended breath hold diving.
Diving and Brains: A Brief Intro
Inert Gas Narcosis
What Nitrogen Does to Brain Cells
Nitrogen-Altered Brain Waves
Breathing and the Brain
Fear and Loathing Underwater
The Hindbrain Again
Approx. 30 pages including photos by Klaus Stiefel and Cartoons by Anna Farell
Format: eBook (ePub)
Felicitas Hübner Verlag (huebner-books)
Available in all major ebook stores!
Meet Klaus – A Brilliant Austrian Scientist
Interview with Klaus Stiefel on YouTube “Every Man Has a Story”
Dr. Klaus M. Stiefel was born in 1972 in Klagenfurt, Austria, and grew up in the vicinity of Vienna. In 1998 he graduated in microbiology at the University of Vienna. In 2002, the doctorate in zoology (neurobiology) followed at the University of Vienna and at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt am Main. This was followed by research stays in San Diego, Japan and Sydney.
The focus of his research is neurobiology and recently evolutionary biology and fish ecology. Since 2014, Klaus has been living in the Philippines as an author, dive instructor, nature photographer and independent scientist. Klaus dives the reefs of the Philippines with both rebreather and mixed gas at depths up to 100 meters. When he dives so deep that deep intoxication would take him completely out of reality, he responsibly packs non-narcotic helium in his tanks.
Klaus writes articles for Scientific American MIND and its German edition Spektrum der Wissenschaft – Geist & Gehirn and contributes regularly with texts and photos to various blogs and books (a. o. Taucherwelt Wracktauchen Philippinen by Stefan Baehr). He has also published Sex, Drugs and Scuba Diving, a marine biology-popular science book; The Camera and the Brain, a book about brain research and photography; and The Mindpost, a political sci-fi novel.