Research

How are memories formed? This important question guides our research at the Division of Cognitive Biopsychology and Methods.

 In particular, we are interested in the role of sleep for memory formation.

Sleep after learning benefits memory consolidation. In our research we would like to identify the mechanisms and important influencing factors underlying the beneficial effect of sleep on memory. For example, does a better sleep quality lead to better memory formation? Can we influence memory formation processes during sleep? How are emotional memories processed during sleep? And how age-related changes in sleep quality impact sleep-dependent memory formation?

We are examining these questions in our sleep laboratory. Methodologically we are using behavioral memory tests and measures of brain activity, including electroencephalography (EEG), polysomnography and functional brain imaging.

Department of Psychology - R. Faucigny 2 - 1700 Fribourg - Tel +41 26 / 300 7620 - psychologie [at] unifr.ch   -   Swiss University