• Date and time: Tuesday 8 June 2021, 12pm to 12.30pm
  • Location: Online
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

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We all know that after a poor night of sleep we feel more emotionally fragile. We may snap at our partner more easily; we might find that work colleague that little bit more annoying; or generally, we might just feel more highly strung.

Research shows sleep affects how we process and make sense of our emotions. Emma Sullivan of the University of York will discuss how sleep affects four key themes related to our emotional processing:

  • How we remember memories that are emotional
  • How our body reacts to these memories
  • How we regulate our emotions

Emma will also discuss what areas of the brain might be involved in this emotional processing, and explain what we can do to better our sleep and help our brain process and make sense of our emotions day-to-day.


This is a YouTube Premiere event. You’ll be sent a link to the screening a couple of days before it takes place, as well as a reminder an hour before. You can ask the speaker your questions live in the YouTube chat throughout the stream.

About the speaker

Emma Sullivan is a first year PhD student in the Department of Psychology at the University of York, UK. Her research is focused on the role of sleep in emotional processing. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at York in 2016, then completed a Masters in Psychological Research at the University of Oxford. She has undertaken several Research Assistant positions at various UK institutions working on projects such as characterising sleep in autistic adults, and understanding brain development in children high and low risk of neurodevelopmental disorders. She has also worked as a therapeutic services administrator for Treat my Sleep, one of the UK’s leading services for the treatment and support of individuals, families and organisations experiencing sleep issues.


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