Context

We often remember things that we would rather forget. While for most people unwanted and intrusive thoughts are a passing irritation, they can be highly distressing and debilitating for individuals suffering from psychiatric disorders. The overarching aim of this research is to understand how people control intrusive thoughts and the role of sleep in this process.

The research

Intrusive thought control is orchestrated by the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which downregulates memory retrieval operations in the hippocampus. In this project, we combine fMRI, EEG and neurophysiology to investigate how sleep disturbances impact on people’s ability to engage top-down inhibitory control mechanisms and suppress unwanted memories of the past.

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Scott Cairney

Scott Cairney

Dr Cairney's research combines experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience and neurophysiology to investigate how emotional memories are processed in the sleeping brain.

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York Neuroimaging Centre
reception@ynic.york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 435346
+44 (0)1904 435356
York Neuroimaging Centre, The Biocentre, York Science Park, Heslington, York YO10 5NY
@UOY_YNiC