How Sleep Helps Hit the ‘Save Button’ on your Memories

explored by Dr Vassilis Cutsuridis

Tuesday May 12th, 7:00pm-8.30pm, door open at 6:00pm

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How does sleep affect your memory? Studies from animals and humans have suggested that sleep helps learning and memory in two distinct ways. First, a sleep-deprived person cannot focus attention optimally and therefore cannot learn efficiently. Second, sleep itself plays a significant role in the consolidation of memory, which is essential for the stabilization of learned information during waking. The talk will provide answers to this question by by zooming into the neuroscience of sleep and memory.

Dr Vassilis Cutsuridis

Vassilis Cutsuridis

Vassilis Cutsuridis is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science. After a detour through the software industry, he returned to academia in 2006, first as a Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, UK, then as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Memory and the Brain, Boston University (USA), a Lecturer at King’s College London (UK) and a Research Scientist at FORTH (Greece). His research interests lie at the interface between computer science and neuroscience broadly interested to reverse engineer how the brain and mind work in health and disease in order to understand the circuits and patterns of neural activity that give rise to mental experience and behavior in order to extract the brain algorithms and blue print designs to design and develop more efficient intelligent methods and systems for complex data analysis in Medical imaging, Robotics, Drug Discovery, Neuroscience. He has published over 70 academic papers. He has edited 5 books including the Hippocampal Microcircuits: A Computational Modeler’s Resource Book and the Perception-Action Cycle: Models, Architectures and Hardware. He acts as an Editor in several international journals including Cognitive Computation and Frontiers in Cognitive Science.