I will highlight recent work from my team showing a tight relationship between sleep and memory. This work indicates that sleep and memory have a bidirectional interaction, meaning that sleep consolidates memory but also fosters novel encoding of material. Recent studies have focused on learning during sleep.
understand basic physiology of sleep and
understand mechanisms and types of memory that appear to be consolidated by sleep
understand how sleep offers a unique time window that allows for novel information processing
YSBRAND VAN DER WERF, Ph.D. graduated in Biology and Psychology at the University of Groningen. He obtained his PhD from the Graduate School for Neurosciences in Amsterdam and has worked at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is currently full professor of Functional Neuroanatomy teamleader at the VU University medical center in Amsterdam, and supervises a team of postdocs, PhD students and research assistants.. His work is primarily concerned with understanding cognitive functions of the brain, in relation to sleep and neurological and psychiatric disease. He was elected into ‘De Jonge Akademie’, a platform for young scientists in the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. His work uses neuropsychological investigations, transcranial magnetic stimulation, neural imaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography, electromyography and positron emission tomography.