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Dan Denis
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Senior Research Fellow



  • 2017: PhD Psychology, University of Sheffield
  • 2013: MRes Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • 2012: BSc (Hons) Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London


  • 2022 – Present: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Senior Research Fellow, Department of Psychology University of York
  • 2019 – 2021: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame, USA
  • 2017 – 2019: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, USA
  • 2016 – 2017: Research Assistant, King’s College London, MRC Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience



Optimising memory: Understanding the role of sleep in selective memory strengthening


An adaptive feature of the brain is to selectively retain important and relevant information in long-term memory, through a period of memory consolidation. My project is exploring the role of sleep, and particularly the electrophysiological mechanisms of sleep, in the selective consolidation and strengthening of memories.

Research group(s)

  • EPOC lab
  • SLAM lab


  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (Experienced Researcher)


  • Scott Cairney


Selected publications

  • Denis, D., Kim S.Y., Kark, S.M., Daley, R.T., Kensinger, E.A., and Payne, J.D. (2022). Slow oscillation-spindle coupling is negatively associated with emotional memory formation following stress. European Journal of Neuroscience. 55 (9-10), 2632-2650
  • Denis, D., Mylonas., D., Poskanzer, C., Bursal, V., Payne, J.D., and Stickgold, R. (2021). Sleep spindles preferentially consolidate weakly encoded memories. The Journal of Neuroscience. 41 (8). 4088-4099
  • Denis, D., Bottary, R., Cunningham T.J., Zeng, S., Daffre, C., Oliver, K.L., Moore, K., Gazecki S., Mendelsohn, A.K., Martinez, U., Gannon, K., Lasko, N.B., Pace-Schott, E.F. (2021). Sleep power spectral density and spindles in PTSD and their relationship to symptom severity. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 12, 766647
  • Denis, D., Schapiro A.C., Poskanzer, C., Bursal V., Charron, L., Morgan, A., Stickgold, R. (2020). The roles of item exposure and visualization success in the consolidation of memories across wake and sleep. Learning & Memory. 27 (11). 451-456.

Full publications list

Contact details

Dan Denis
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Senior Research Fellow
Department of Psychology
University of York
Room PS/B/213