Research in our sleep labs focuses on functionality of the sleeping brain using a multimodal imaging approach.
This approach includes functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), EEG, cerebrovascular physiology and cognitive techniques.
Sleep is critical for both health and cognition. Our lab is developing ways to manipulate sleep (called sleep engineering) in order to maximise its beneficial properties.
We're working on ways to enhance memory, disarm negative emotions, and combat cognitive decline through ageing. Find out more about our sleep lab facilties.
You can also visit our dedicated Neuroscience and Psychology of Sleep (NaPS) lab page to find out more about our research and ongoing projects.
Features and talks
- The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest
- Spindles: Stories from the Science of Sleep
- 'ERCcOMICS' Blog featuring the SolutionSleep ERC-funded project on sleep and creativity
- Radio New Zealand: The Secret World of Sleep
- Brain Science Podcast: Sleep Science with Penny Lewis
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation: All in the Mind – the mind at rest
News and magazine articles
- Donna Moderna (Italian-language magazine): Dormi e sarai più creativa
- The Atlantic: A New Theory Linking Sleep and Creativity by Ed Yong
- Financial Times: Why we dream
- Parade: 5 things you didn’t know about sleep
- Daily Telegraph: Top tips for better sleep
- Top Sante: Ask the sleep expert
- BBC Focus: How sleep can make you smarter
- Candis: The secrets of sleep
- Huffington Post: Advice on how to get more rest
Sleep research alumni
Previous PhD students
- Hikaru Tsujimura - Did a PhD exploring the impact of sleep on the generalisation of facial representations and competition between different identities
- Isabel Hutchison – Did a PhD on the impact of direct current stimulation on sleep and memory
- Nora Hennies – Did a PhD on the impact of sleep upon the formation of new semantic memories
- James Cousins – Did a PhD on the impact of triggered replay during sleep upon overnight memory consolidation
- Scott Cairney – Did a PhD on sleep and emotional memory and is now a postdoc at York
- Tia Tsimpanouli – Did a PhD on sleep, emotional memory and depression