Center for Sleep and Cognition


The Center for Sleep and Cognition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is under the direction of Robert Stickgold, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  The Center was created in 2003 as an outgrowth of the Laboratory of Neurophysiology at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, which was under the direction of J. Allan Hobson. 

The Center is devoted to research into the cognitive and emotional functions of sleep, and the role of dreaming in these processes. We are interested in how sleep and dreaming participate in the normal processing of emotional experiences and of memories more generally, and how these processes contribute to the mental health of the individual.

Current research is focused on the role of sleep in memory consolidation, enhancement, and integration, and the deficits in these processes associated with sleep disorders as well as a range of psychiatric and neurological disorders.