The Dream, Sleep and Hypnosis Research Centre (RUHMER) is a research center that was established to conduct studies on dream, sleep and hypnosis with a multidisciplinary approach utilizing methods from neuroscience, psychology and psychopathology.

Our research on sleep focuses on:

-neural mechanisms underlying sleep and wakefulness

-the relationship of sleep with emotion, cognition, memory, and metabolism

-the association between sleep patterns and neurodegenerative diseases

-the relationship between healthy cognitive aging and sleep

-circadian rhythm, sleep, and mood

-napping and its effects on cognition, memory, and mood

-the effects of caffeine on sleep

On dream, we investigate:

-the content of dreams and its effects on the daily life of the dreamer

-electrophysiological correlates of different kinds of dreams, like big dreams

Concerning hypnosis, we study on:

-the behavioral, cognitive, and neural correlates of hypnosis

-hypnotic dreams and their therapeutic effects

-the modeling of hypnotic confabulation

Furthermore, we particularly interest in critical analytical thinking.

In RUHMER, we use a range of techniques to measure brain activity, including polysomnography (PSG), electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS); and apply neuropsychometric and neuropsychiatric assessments.