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Anna á Váli Guttesen
PhD student in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging



  • PhD student in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, University of York, UK, 2018 – Present
  • Research Assistant, Computational and Biological Learning Lab, University of Cambridge, UK, 2017 – 2018
  • MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of York, UK, 2016 – 2017
  • Research Assistant, SLAM lab, University of York, UK, 2015, 2016 – 2017
  • Research Assistant, Department of Public Health, Faroe Islands, 2015
  • BSc in Psychology, University of York, UK, 2012 – 2015

Departmental roles

  • ReproducibiliTea York Coordinator (2019 – Present)
  • Early Career Researcher Committee Member (2018 – Present)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant & Mentor (2018 – Present)



The role of sleep in memory consolidation and subsequent learning


I am investigating how the sleeping brain prepares to process new memories. In particular, I am interested in whether overnight memory consolidation ‘paves the way’ for new declarative learning the next day. Using behavioural and electroencephalography (EEG) techniques across sleep and wake, I examine the relationship between sleep-associated memory consolidation and subsequent encoding.

Research group(s)


  •  Departmental Scholarship, Department of Psychology, University of York, UK


  • Dr Scott Cairney
  • Prof Gareth Gaskell


Other teaching

  • GTA at undergraduate and postgraduate tutorials/seminars


Selected publications

  • Strachan, J. W., Guttesen, A. Á. V., Smith, A. K., Gaskell, M. G., Tipper, S. P., & Cairney, S. A. (2019). Investigating the formation and consolidation of incidentally learned trust. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.
  • Ashton, J. E., Harrington, M. O., Guttesen, A. Á. V., Smith, A. K., & Cairney, S. A. (2019). Sleep Preserves Physiological Arousal in Emotional Memory. Scientific Reports9(1), 1-10.
  • Cairney, S. A., Guttesen, A. Á. V., El, N. M., & Staresina, B. P. (2018). Memory Consolidation Is Linked to Spindle-Mediated Information Processing during Sleep. Current Biology: CB28(6), 948-954.

Contact details

Anna á Váli Guttesen
PhD student in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
Department of Psychology
University of York
Room PS/C/018