- Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ
BSc Manchester Metropolitan university (Psychology)
MSc University of York (Cognitive Neuroscience)
Current PhD student @ Cardiff
My research interests mainly involve sleep, states of consciousness and how the brain integrates new information and creates models.
My current project utilises a technique known as targeted memory reactivation (TMR) (Rasch et al. 2007; Rudoy et al. 2009; Cellini and Capuozzo 2018) during slow wave sleep (SWS) slow occilations (SOs) 'up-states' in order to strengthen a particular form of memory. We aim to understand the effect of TMR upon this concept behaviourally and also investigate evidence for long-term structural / functional changes to the brain using follow-up MRI and DTI scanning.
Cellini, Nicola, and Alessandra Capuozzo. 2018. “Shaping Memory Consolidation via Targeted Memory Reactivation during Sleep.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, May. https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.13855.
Rasch, Björn, Christian Büchel, Steffen Gais, and Jan Born. 2007. “Odor Cues during Slow-Wave Sleep Prompt Declarative Memory Consolidation.” Science 315 (5817): 1426–29.
Rudoy, John D., Joel L. Voss, Carmen E. Westerberg, and Ken A. Paller. 2009. “Strengthening Individual Memories by Reactivating Them during Sleep.” Science 326 (5956): 1079.
Currently I am working under a ERC grant investigating the role of sleep in creativity.
I have a strong interest in the threshold state of sleep known as NREM 1 and the experiential phenomena that occur at this stage (hypnagogia) and also upon awakening (hypnapompia).
My other interests include the visual system / processing, other arguably 'altered-states' such as anger, stress etc and health related to sleep.