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SleepSmart Study

SleepSmart is an exciting new research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council that will run from March 2016 for four years. This study will help to understand the role of sleep in memory and learning across development.  We are looking for children to take part in our studies, including those with a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum and/or a language learning impairment. It doesn’t matter if you are a good sleeper or bad sleeper, we would love to hear from you!

Who can take part?

We are looking for children aged between 8 and 12 years with or without a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum and/or a language learning impairment to participate in our study.  Children should be monolingual English speakers.

What’s involved?

Our studies typically start by teaching new material (e.g. new words) via fun computer games. On the night after learning, brain activity will be recorded at your home during sleep, using comfortable sensors placed on the head. To get a clearer idea of what sleep recording involves, take a look at the short video at the top of this page. Following the sleep recording, we will then assess your child's memory for the new material.


Contact Us



Tel: (01904) 324359

Research Team

Lisa Henderson

(Principal Investigator)

Gareth Gaskell

(Principal Investigator)

Courtenay Norbury


Fay Fletcher

(Research Fellow)

Victoria Knowland

(Research Fellow)

Sarah Walker

(Research Fellow)

Natasha Thompson