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The Center for Sleep and Cognition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is under the direction of Robert Stickgold, and is devoted to research into the cognitive and emotional functions of sleep. 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. The lab studies the nature and function of sleep and dreams from a cognitive neuroscience perspective, with an emphasis on the role of sleep and dreams in memory consolidation and integration, and how defects in these processes contribute to psychiatric disorders, including PTSD and schizophrenia. 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.

The center is located at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at 330 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA.