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Lea Himmer

PhD student

I investigate how we learn and form memories and how everyone’s favourite “activity” – sleeping – helps us to consolidate these experiences. I am particularly interested in how hippocampal and neocortical systems interact during the development of memory traces and how these traces evolve and stabilize over sleep in the human brain. To reveal memory related cognitive processing during sleep, I use machine learning techniques on MEG recordings of the sleeping brain. By training classifiers on different physiological events, I want to find out how sleep spindles and slow oscillations support our memories and where and how our memories can be decoded during sleep.