"Sleep, Performance, and Cognition"
Dr. Kimberly Cote

Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Kimberly Cote

Contact Information

Kimberly A. Cote, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology Department
Director, Brock University Sleep Laboratory
Brock University
St. Catharines, Ontario,

Phone:    905-688-5550, ext.4806 / 3795
Fax: 905-688-6922
Email: kcote@brocku.ca


Brock University Psychology B.A. 1993
University of Toronto Medical Science M.Sc. 1995
University of Ottawa Experimental Psychology Ph.D. 1999


2000 Zurich Sleep Laboratory, Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Zurich, Switzerland


Professor of Psychology, Brock University
Director, Brock University Sleep Research Laboratory
Member of the Centre for Neuroscience, Brock University
Member of Jack and Nora Walker Canadian Centre for Lifespan Development Research, Brock University
Director of the Brock Institute for Electrophysiological Research (BIER)


SLEEP RESEARCH, especially “Sleep, Performance and Cognition” including areas such as sleep deprivation, daytime sleepiness, sleep onset processes, and information processing during sleep. Areas of application include insomnia, memory, aging, academic performance, and workplace/driving safety. Research methods include use of quantitative electrophysiological techniques (Event-related Potentials and Power Spectral Analysis) as measures of brain processing and arousal during sleep and wakefulness.


1989 - present

Canadian Sleep Society (CSS)

1992 - present

Sleep Research Society (SRS)

1995 - present

Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR)


2014-2019 Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada; Discovery Grant


Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada; Discovery Grant


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), R21 grant


Premier's Research Excellence Award (PREA)


Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, Discovery Grants program


Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), New Opportunities Fund / Ontario Innovation Trust Fund (OIT)


Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, Research Grants Program - Individual (RGPIN)


Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, Equipment Grant (EQMEQ)

TEACHING (Brock University, Psychology Department)

Undergraduate Courses
Psyc 3F40 Psychological Research
Psyc 3P39 Computer Data Analysis
Psyc 3P68 Sleep & Wakefulness
Psyc 3P72 Drugs and Behaviour
Psyc 4P63 Human Psychophysiology
Psyc 4P93 Honours Thesis Seminar
Graduate Courses
Psyc 5P10 Behavioural Neuroscience (occasional lecturer)
Psyc 5P11 Advances in Sleep Research
Psyc 5Y51 Behavioural Neuroscience Focus Area Research Seminar


Honours Thesis
Comparison of behavioural and polysomnographic methods of identifying sleep and wakefulness.
Brock University, 1993, 55 pp. Advisor: Robert D. Ogilvie, Ph.D.

Masters Thesis
Nocturnal sleep and diurnal cognitive functioning in patients with fibromyalgia.
University of Toronto, 1995, 95 pp. Advisor: Harvey Moldofsky, M.D.

Doctoral Dissertation
Event-related potential evidence of consciousness during wakefulness, sleep onset and sleep.
University of Ottawa, 236 pp. Advisor: Kenneth B. Campbell, Ph.D.


Note: student authors are denoted with *

Cote, K.A., * Jancsar, C., * Hunt, B. (2015). Event-related neural response to emotional picture stimuli following sleep deprivation, Psychology and Neuroscience, 8:102-13.

Cote, K.A., Mondloch, C.J., *Sergeeva, V., *Taylor, M., *Semplonius, T. (2014). Impact of total sleep deprivation on behavioural neural processing of emotionally expressive faces. Experimental Brain Research, 232:1429-42.

* Renn, R.P., Cote, K.A. (2013). Performance monitoring following total sleep deprivation: Effects of task type and error rate. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 88: 64-73.

Cote, K.A., McCormick, C.M., * Geniole, S.N., * Renn, R.P., * MacAulay, S.D. (2013). Sleep deprivation lowers aggression and testosterone in men. Biological Psychology, 92: 249-56.

Cote, K. Chapter 329. Sleep, Biological Rhythms and Performance. Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd Edition, V.S. Ramachandran (Editor-in-Chief), Academic Press, 2518 pages 2012.

* MacLean, M.H., Arnell, K.M., Cote, K.A. (2012). Resting EEG in alpha and beta bands predicts individual differences in AB magnitude. Brain and Cognition, 78: 218-29.

Yasuda, K., * Ray, L.B., and Cote, K.A. (2011). Anticipatory attention during the sleep onset period. Consciousness and Cognition, 20: 912-19.

* Kertesz, R.S. & Cote, K.A. (2011). Event-related potentials reveal failure to inhibit stimuli during the pre-sleep waking period for patients with sleep-onset insomnia. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 9, 68–85.

Perlis, M., Gehrman, P., Terzano, M., Cote, K., and Riemann D. Sleep EEG in patients with Primary Insomnia. In: Insomnia: Diagnosis and Treatment. Eds. Michael J. Sateia, Daniel Buysse. Informa Healthcare USA, Inc. Chapter 6 pp.50-64. 2010. Essex UK.

Cote, K.A., * Milner C.E., * Smith, B.A., * Aubin, A.J., * Greason, T.A., * Cuthbert, B.P., * Kertesz, R.S., * Wiebe, S., * Duffus, S.E.G. (2009). CNS arousal, attention, and neurobehavioural performance in a short-term sleep restriction paradigm. Journal of Sleep Research 18, 291-303.

* Milner, C.E., * Cuthbert, B.P., * Kertesz, R.S., & Cote, K.A. (2009). Sensory processing in waking, non-REM, and REM sleep states in good and poor sleepers. NeuroReport, 20, 331-336.

* Milner, C.E., & Cote, K.A. (2009). Benefits of napping in healthy adults: Impact of nap length, time of day, age, and experience with napping. Journal of Sleep Research, 18, 272-281.
Cote, K.A., * Milner C.E., * Osip, S.L., * Baker, M.L. & * Cuthbert B.P. (2008). Physiological arousal and attention during a week of continuous sleep restriction. Physiology and Behavior, 95, 353-364.

* Milner C.E., & Cote, K.A. (2008). A dose-response investigation of the benefits of napping in healthy young, middle, and older adult age groups. Sleep and Biological Rhythms 6, 2-15.

* Fogel S.M., Smith, C.T., & Cote K.A. (2007). Dissociable learning-dependent changes in REM and non-REM sleep in declarative and procedural memory systems. Behavioral Brain Research, 180, 48-61.

* Fogel, S. M., Nader, R., Cote, K. A., & Smith, C. T. (2007). Sleep spindles and learning potential. Behavioual Neuroscience, 121, 1-10.

* Milner, C.E., * Fogel, S.M., & Cote, K.A. (2006). Habitual napping moderates motor performance improvements following a short daytime nap. Biological Psychology, 73, 141-156.

Schmidt, L.A., Cote, K.A., * Santesso, D.L., & * Milner, C.E. (2003). Frontal electroencephalogram alpha asymmetry during sleep: Frontal electroencephalogram (EEG) alpha asymmetry during sleep: Stability and its relation to affective style. Emotion, 3, 401-407.

Cote, K.A., * Milner, C.E., * Osip S.L., * Baxter, K.D., & * Ray, L.B. (2003). Waking quantitative Electroencephalogram and auditory event-related potentials following experimentally-induced sleep fragmentation. Sleep, 26, 687-694. See commentary: Colrain IM. (2003). Novel measures of daytime central nervous system function following sleep disruption. Sleep, 26, 650-651.

Updated, May 2015