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PhD studentship in sleep and memory: investigations into ways to manipulate sleep (called ‘sleep engineering’) in order to enhance restorative functions, memory consolidation and emotional processing

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    Dr Lewis
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Project Description

We spend 1/3rd of our life asleep, and the brain is very busy during this time. The neural oscillations of sleep have known restorative functions, and are also critical for memory consolidation and emotional processing. My laboratory studies all of these functions of sleep, and this project will include investigations into ways to manipulate sleep (called ‘sleep engineering’) in order to enhance all of these functions. Sleep engineering included manipulation of oscillations through auditory and electrical (tACS / tDCS) stimulation and manipulation of memory replay (targeted memory reactivation) in sleep. In my laboratory we are interested in enhancing sleep to improve health (for instance by counteracting the impacts of ageing which lead to reductions in deep slow wave sleep). We are also interested in manipulating memory consolidation by triggering the replay of selected memories in different combinations and in different sleep stages. This can lead not only to stronger memory, but to integration of new memories with each other and with existing knowledge, providing a basis for creativity.

Funding Notes

The studentship will commence in October 2016, and will cover your tuition fees (at UK/EU level) as well as a maintenance grant. In 2015-16 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £14,057 per annum. As well as tuition fees and a maintenance grant, you will receive a participant allowance of £300 per annum, and conference funding (£100 in Year 1, £600 in Years 2 and 3). You will also receive a computer and office space, and access to courses offered by the University's Graduate Centre and become members of the University Graduate College.

References

Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals, and EU students. International students will typically be eligible for a UK/EU equivalent award only.

School studentship funding is highly competitive. In view of the limited number of awards and the very high standard of applications received, successful applicants are likely to have a very good first degree (a First or Upper Second class BSc Honours or equivalent).

For more information visit Professor Penny Lewis' web pages

http://psych.cf.ac.uk/contactsandpeople/academics/lewispenny.php

http://sites.psych-sci.manchester.ac.uk/naru/researchthemes/learningneuroplasticitysleep/sleepandmemory/

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