RUHMER is a research center that was established to design and implement multidisciplinary (neuroscience, psychology, and psychotherapy ??) scientific studies on the dream, sleep, and hypnosis. In our center, sleep studies focus on the mechanisms that affect sleep and wakefulness; circadian rhythms and its relationship with behavior; the relationship between neuroendocrinology and sleep; the association of immunology with sleep; the connection between healthy aging and sleep; differences and the effects of day and night sleep; the association of sleep patterns with the neurodegenerative disease; the relationship of metabolism and cognition with sleep processes; sleep-emotion and sleep-memory relationships; the effects of caffeine on sleep. On the other hand, dream studies examine the content of dreams and its effects on the social life of the dreamer and neural correlates of specific (big?) dreams. In hypnosis studies, behavioral, cognitive, and neural correlates of hypnosis; hypnotic dreams; modeling of confabulation are studied. Moreover, examining critical analytical thinking is also among our interests.
In our laboratory, various experimental paradigms and measures including polysomnography (PSG), electroencephalography (EEG), and neuropsychiatric assessments are applied. Moreover, it also utilizes functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) imaging techniques.