Sleep and Emotional Memory Study

Help researchers at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research understand how sleep and mood may effect older people's memory of emotional information.

Study Description/ Purpose

People with depression often have alterations to their sleep and their ability to remember emotional information differs from healthy adult. The purpose of this study is to examine brain waves in adults with and without depression during sleep to examine how poor sleep may affect memory for emotional information.

What’s Involved?

To ensure your eligibility you will undergo a short online questionnaire. You will then be sent a portable device to wear for 3 nights that attaches to your finger while you sleep and measures blood oxygen to confirm any sleep apnea. You will also complete a 45-minute zoom session completing mood, memory and thinking tasks with a researcher to confirm eligibility

Following this, you will be invited in to the Woolcock for a sleep study night, you will complete an image-based task and a word-based task before and after sleep to test your memory for emotional information (~1.5 hours). You will sleep overnight with a high-density EEG sensor cap on which uses 256 sensors to measure brain activity.

How Do I Register?

To register, or find out more about the study, please visit the study webpage.

Recruitment criteria

  • Adults aged 50-90 years
  • Fluent in English
  • No diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, mild cognitive impairment or a neurological disorder
  • No current or previously diagnosed serious mental health disorder, other than depression or anxiety
  • No history of head trauma with a loss of consciousness > 30 mins
  • No history of stroke or mini stroke (TIA)
  • Are not a current shift worker
  • Are not regularly taking sleep-affecting medication
  • No history of alcohol or drug abuse
  • No other serious medical conditions
  • No diagnosed narcolepsy, REM behaviour sleep disorder, restless legs syndrome, severe OSA or severe insomnia


If you complete the study you will be reimbursed with a $50 voucher.

Study sponsor / funder

Research team contacts

Ms Andrea Ricciardiello

9114 0478 (from 9am – 5pm)

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