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Anna á Váli Guttesen
PhD student



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



The role of sleep in learning

The aim of my PhD is to investigate the underlying mechanisms of sleep that are important for successful encoding.

Research group(s)

  • Emotion Processing and Offline Consolidation (EPOC) lab
  • Sleep, Language and Memory (SLAM) lab


  • Dr Scott Cairney
  • Professor Gareth Gaskell
  • Dr Flavia Mancini
  • Dr Ben Seymour


Other teaching

GTA at undergraduate and postgraduate tutorials/seminars


Selected publications

  • 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
Department of Psychology
University of York
Room PS/C018