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 Holly Kings

Holly Kings

Research student, School of Psychology

Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ

Research Topics 

My PhD will focus on a non-invasive technique to stimulate sleep using sounds. This technique is called closed loop auditory stimulation, and involves quietly playing short bursts of noise at precise times during deep sleep. This stimulation has been shown to affect the signals from the sleeping brain and improve memory consolidation. I am also interested in using fMRI to understand how this stimulation affects the way the brain completes memory tasks, and what the long term effects of such stimulation are.

During my PhD I will collaborate with a French Neurotechnology company called Rhythm, to help investigate the use of this stimulation in a home setting.

I work within the CUBRIC Sleep Laboratory, also known as the Neuroscience and Psychology of Sleep (NAPS) lab, and am funded by the British Biosciences Research Council (BBSRC) through the South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP).


Prof Penny Lewis (Primary Supervisor, Cardiff University)
Prof Rob Honey (Co-Supervisor, Cardiff University)
Dr Alex Casson (External Supervisor, Manchester University)
Pierreck Arnal (Collaborator, Rhythm)

Undergraduate education

2012–2016 MSci Neuroscience at The University of Nottingham.

Holly graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2016, with a first class MSci degree in Neuroscience. She spent her third-year placement with The Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre, investigating epigenetic therapies for the treatment of Ependymoma. Her undergraduate dissertation investigated physiological indicators of tinnitus by studying changes in activity in the auditory cortex. This was supervised by Dr Mark Wallace at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research.