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Combined Effects of Acute Exercise and Sleep Restriction on Cognition

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

PhD position in the Sleep, Cognition and Neuroimaging Lab (SCNLab) at Concordia University, Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology.

The amount of time spent sleeping has been decreasing, and more than a third of Canadians currently suffer from short or disturbed sleep. Short or disturbed sleep has been shown to lead to poor health (cardiovascular problems, diabetes, or obesity) and cognitive issues (poor attention, concentration and memory).

Sleep and physical activity have a bidirectional link. A diverse range of physical activities has been shown to improve sleep as well as memory. And a good night of sleep is known to enhance memory. To date, no studies have looked at the possible benefits of physical exercise in situations that are challenging for memory, such as sleep restriction. This PhD project will aim at studying the effects of physical exercise – an intervention known to improve sleep and memory – in partially sleep-deprived individuals.

The project is opened to a PhD applicant with prior experience and interest in human sleep research and/or cognitive neuroscience. Other requirements include excellent organizational skills and teamwork capabilities. Applicants are also expected to have a Masters in neuroscience, health science, kinesiology, psychology or related fields, completed by the end of summer 2020 at latest.

Interested applicants should contact Dr Thanh Dang-Vu directly (). Include a copy of your CV, university transcripts, and a short statement describing your background and research interests.

Funding Notes

Selected candidate will receive a funding package comprised of Research Assistantship, Teaching Assistantship, and/or entrance awards such as the Concordia University Graduate Fellowship, Merit Scholarship, and/or Concordia International Tuition Award of Excellence (PhD).

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