Special Issue "The Effects of Sleep on Attention and Language"

A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425). This special issue belongs to the section "Behavioral Neuroscience".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Andriy Myachykov
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Guest Editor
Department of Psychology, Northumbria University, Newcastle NE1 8ST, UK
Interests: psycholinguistics; language
Dr. Olga Martynova
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Guest Editor
Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology, Russian Academy of Science, 117485 Moscow, Russia
Interests: memory; sleep
Dr. Nicola Barclay
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Guest Editor
Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 2JD, UK
Interests: sleep; circadian rhythmicity; cognition

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Everybody knows that insufficient sleep can ruin our day. Scientific findings confirm the essential role of sleep in memory consolidation and other related cognitive functions. Importantly, sleep impairment is the most frequent collateral syndrome of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Sleep deprivation affects not only body physiology but also diminishes the brain’s ability to maintain directed attention resulting in poor cognitive performance. However, existing evidence is inconsistent and may be accounted for by individual differences in chronotype, cognitive and neuroendocrinology profiles and even time-of-day chosen for behavioral testing. Whilst we know that sleep is essential for learning and memory, we know little about how sleep affects language learning.

This Special Issue aims to cover a wide scope of multidisciplinary research on the effects of sleep on language learning and attention. In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but not limited to) the following impacts on language and attention: sleep deprivation, sleep disorders, chronotype, spontaneous and targeted memory reactivation during sleep.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Andriy Myachykov
Dr. Olga Martynova
Dr. Nicola Barclay
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • sleep
  • sleep deprivation
  • sleep disorders
  • chronotype
  • language
  • attention
  • memory
  • learning

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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