The UvA sleep lab conducts the latest research in the field of sleep and memory. The researchers find out how memory can be manipulated during sleep, whether they can make astronauts sleep better, control what you dream about and reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other sleep, memory and emotion disorders. Wondering how this works? Every year several new projects are started so keep an eye on the website to see if you can participate in one of the research projects!
For most sleep studies the technique electroencephalography (EEG) is used. For this technique you will, literally, get a nightcap (the EEG-cap), with which the brain activity is measured. The researchers will not be able to see what you are thinking, but they will be able to see, for example, how deep you are asleep. There are studies where you can take a nap during the day, as well as studies where you stay for an overnight stay. In our sleep lab you sleep in your own private room with luxurious beds!
For each study on the sleep lab there are different rules of participation, you will receive further information about this from the experimenter.
Sometimes, but not always, during sleep research you are expected to make certain preparations. You will receive information from the researcher in advance, please read this well before the appointment so that you can contact the researcher with any questions you may have.
In principle everyone can participate in sleep research. If you register for sleep research, it is important to read carefully whether the research in question is looking for participants in a target group to which you belong.