"Sleep, Performance, and Cognition"

About the Lab

Brock University is situated atop of the Niagara escarpment, overlooking the city of St. Catharines, Canada. The Brock University Sleep Research Laboratory was founded by Dr. Robert Ogilvie in 1971, and is now directed by one of his former students, Dr. Kimberly Cote. The research facility includes 3 bedrooms off of a main sleep recording room, a washroom, a computer analysis room and a kitchen/lounge area. The Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has supported two infrastructure grants for the laboratory, providing state-of-the-art equipment for multiple-channel recording of EEG and event-related potentials (ERPs) in sleep and wake states. These research facilities are designed specifically for 24-hour monitoring of electrophysiology and human performance.

At the Brock Sleep Research Laboratory, basic research studies are carried out involving healthy, young adults. Dr. Cote's general area of research is "sleep, performance, and cognition". The broad purpose of this program of research is to better understand the bi-directional relationship between sleep and waking cognitive function. Past projects include diverse areas such as: the impact of sleep deprivation and restriction on cognitive performance and emotion; the functional role of spindles and k-complexes; memory consolidation in sleep; the benefits of napping in young and older adults; sleep and waking function in individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury; and the physiological and behavioural processes associated with falling asleep and staying asleep in both good and poor sleepers.

Research at the Brock University Sleep Research Laboratory is currently funded by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (N.S.E.R.C). http://www.nserc.ca/index.htm

Contact information: Dr. Kimberly Cote - kcote@brocku.ca