New projects & Call for PhD positions
Under the direction of Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Kerstin Hödlmoser, two new projects funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) on (1) sleep and memory consolidation during pregnancy and (2) motor learning through imagination training and Sleep in Young and Older Adults are starting in the Laboratory for Sleep, Cognition and Consciousness Research.
Sleep and memory in pregnancy:
This long-term study, which will run throughout pregnancy and to 6 months postpartum, will address the question of what factors cause the commonly reported transient memory difficulties during pregnancy and whether there are associations with changes in sleep during this particular phase of life. For more information on this project, please click here: Sleep and memory during pregnancy
Effects of sleep on motor learning through imagination training:
This project addresses several research questions: do young and older adults differ in learning various motor tasks using imagination training? How are these connections affected by sleep and wakefulness? How does brain activity change during this type of learning?
This study is being conducted in collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arnaud Saimpont at the University of Lyon (France). For more information about this project, please click here: Motor Learning through Imagination Training
For this collaborative project between the Austrian (FWF) and French (ANR) Science Fund, two PhD positions are also available, for which interested persons with a qualifying Master’s degree are welcome to apply until February 01, 2023. Further information on how to apply as well as important requirements can be found in the following document: PhD Positions Announcement 2023
Healthy Sleep Podcast
Most people believe they can save time by sleeping less, and use the time differently. Physician Hans Gasperl and sleep researcher Manuel Schabus from the University of Salzburg reveal why this is not a good approach, and how you can find a healthy sleep routine in a completely natural way. And with our start-up Nukkuaa, we are trying to make exactly that available to everyone 24/7, easily, and inexpensively… Better sleep 💤 in a “short” time…
20th Anniversary of the “Laboratory for Sleep, Cognition & Consciousness Research”
Study participation – Do babies already learn in the womb?
Are you interested in participating or do you have further questions? Please send an e-Mail to:
Mobile sleep lab: App “Nukkuaa” for solving sleep problems now available
Constant availability, high work pressure, a pandemic and other stress factors are causing more and more people to sleep less. The team around Univ.-Prof. Manuel Schabus now wants to remedy this and, together with mathematicians from the University of Salzburg, has developed the mobile app “Nukkuaa” – the Finnish word for sleep – which has been officially on the market and downloadable in all app stores since August 16.
The technology allows sleep to be analyzed almost as precisely as a clinical sleep lab, which is often at capacity and has long waiting lists, using a simple sensor based on heart activity. Customers must purchase the H10 chest sensor required for this from Finnish cooperation partner Polar. The app also offers sleep coaching that adapts individually to self-measured sleep. “We know from studies that sleep therapy via app can also be very helpful,” says Dr. Christine Blume, a sleep researcher at the University of Basel and part of the team. “Unfortunately, there are far too few sleep therapists. ‘NUKKUAA’ can fill that gap.”
Excerpt of press articles on the topic (08/16-22):
Interview: How sleep influences our lives (in german)
400 years PLUS – Laboratory for “Sleep, Cognition & Consciousness Research” as scientific flagship of Paris Lodron University of Salzburg
On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the Paris Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS), an ORF-TV report was broadcasted last Sunday (May 15, 2022), in which our laboratory for “Sleep, Cognition & Consciousness Research” is mentioned as a scientific flagship of the university.
Also our current spin-off project “Nukkuaa” is mentioned, which should alleviate sleep disorders such as insomnia in the future by means of an app or allow daily sleep analyses for everyone by means of modern heart sensors.
In the worthwhile report you also get a historical overview and what has been happening at the University of Salzburg since 1622.
Click here for full ORF report (date: 15th of may, 2022, in german) (part sleep lab starts at 13:28)
Interview with MS Moves: Sleep and its significance for physical and mental health
Anja and Judith from MS Moves speak up for removing the taboos surrounding multiple sclerosis and draw attention to various relevant health issues on their website.
Therefore, Univ.-Prof. Manuel Schabus gave interesting insights into the role of sleep for physical and mental health, which are also of great importance for MS patients.
Click here for full interview (in german).
Sleep of children and adolescents worsened significantly since the beginning of the pandemic
Sleep problems usually first appear in adults. However, due to the Corona crisis, children are also increasingly suffering from poor sleep, and the time change on Sundays can exacerbate the lack of sleep. (…)
(published on March 25, 2022 in Der Standard)
Click here for full article (in german).
Be part of our survey on http://nukkuaa.com and learn more about your sleep
Talk: Finally sleep through again – Tips for better sleep
In the SN series “My Health”, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Manuel SCHABUS gives a lecture on the topic of “Sleep”. Have a look at https://www.sn.at/panorama/wissen/video-schlafforscher-schabus-gibt-tipps-endlich-wieder-durchschlafen-116342449 to rewatch the talk.
The Brain Pays Attention to Unfamiliar Voices During Sleep
“The ability allows the brain to balance sleep with responding to environmental cues” says a new publication in Journal of Neuroscience by Mohamed Ameen, Dominik Heib, Christine Blume and Manuel Schabus (https://www.jneurosci.org/…/01/06/JNEUROSCI.2524-20.2021)
Public relation (Austria):
https://www.thenakedscientists.com/…/why-unfamiliar… (& radio blog)
Do babies already learn in the womb? – Study participants wanted!
Call for study participation “What babies learn in the womb”. We are currently working on a large-scale study on the topic of stress factors during pregnancy. It is about possible effects of stress on the development of attachment and cognition in newborns. (Mayrs Magazin, ORF, 14.01.2022)
Follow this link for the whole ORF article: salzburg.orf.at
Project funded by
PhD student Pavlos Topalidis presents the main results of the publication in a video:
Manuel Schabus & Kerstin Hoedlmoser “How babies sleep and what this means for their cognitive function”
“Corona Baby Study”: Becoming Parents in the Corona Pandemic
Until June 30, 2021, our survey ran specifically for parents whose child/children was/are born during the Corona pandemic. Initial media reports and preprints (see below) have already been published. Further analysis and publications will follow soon.
Preprints – non-peer reviewed
Nemeth, D., Gerbier, E., Born, J., Rickard, T., Albouy, G., Diekelman, S., Fogel, S., Genzel, L., Prehn-Kristensen, A., Payne, J., Dresler, M., Simor, P., Mazza, S., Hoedlmoser, K., Ruby, P., Spencer, R., Schabus, M., & Janacsek, K. (2021). Pitfalls in Sleep and Memory Research and How to Avoid Them: A Consensus Paper. Preprints, 2019080208 DOI: https://doi.org/10.20944/preprints201908.0208.v2
Hahn, M.A., Bothe, K., Heib, Do. P. J., Schabus, M., Helfrich, R. F., & Hoedlmoser, K. (2021). Slow oscillation-spindle coupling strength predicts real-life gross-motor learning in adolescents and adults. bioRxiv 2021.01.21.427606; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.01.21.427606
Schabus, M., & Eigl, E. (2021). “Now it’s your turn to speak up!” – Burdens and Psychosocial Consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for Austrian Children and Adolescents. OSF Preprints. DOI : https://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/zae52
Schabus, M., & Eigl, E. (2021). Survey on “Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic” in the Austrian, German and Swiss population. OSF Preprints. DOI : https://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/35sa6
Schabus, M., & Eigl, E-S. (2021). Umfrage zu Belastungen, Einstellungen und Wissen zur Corona-Pandemie. ÖBVP News, Juli 2021, 8-9.
Angerer, M., Pichler, G., Angerer, B., Scarpatetti, M., Schabus, M., & Blume, C. (2020). From Dawn to Dusk – Mimicking Natural Daylight Exposure Improves Circadian Rhythm Entrainment in Patients with Severe Brain Injury. OSF Preprints. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/vk2d6
Blume, C., & Schabus, M. (2019). Sentinel or rather standby? Regardless of terminology, information processing continues during sleep. OSF Preprints. DOI : https://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/bq8hr
Ameen, M., Heib, D. P. J., Blume, C., & Schabus, M. (2022). The brain selectively tunes to unfamiliar voices during sleep. Journal of Neuroscience. DOI : https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2524-20.2021