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  • Date and time: Friday 7 June 2024, 1pm to 2pm
  • Location: Online only
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Does our brain fall asleep? Can sleep help us unveil the mysteries of consciousness? How is hallucinogenic consciousness interesting for science? Do prophetic dreams exist? Is there any value in dreaming?

Neuroscience, psychology and philosophy join forces to answer these ever important, and certainly interesting, questions. Presented by CITY College, University of York Europe Campus, our event draws on the latest research on sleep, dreams and hallucinogen use.

Join Aristea Ladas of the CITY College, University of York Europe Campus.

This event will take place live on Zoom Webinar. You will receive a link to join a couple of days before the event and a reminder an hour before. During the event, you can ask questions via a Q&A function, but audience cameras and microphones will remain muted throughout.

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About the speaker

Dr Aristea Ladas completed her PhD in 2013 which was awarded by the University of Sheffield. Her topic was neuroplasticity and specifically the phenomenon of bilingualism and its effects on attention processes throughout the lifespan. She was a scientific coordinator in the Long Lasting Memories project (European Commission), investigating neuroplasticity in the ageing brain, as well as a researcher in other projects funded by the European Commission. She has also collaborated with the Spanish University of Almeria, as a researcher. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at CITY College, University of York Europe Campus. She is also a Researcher at the Neuroscience Research Centre (NeuReC) the research hub of CITY College, University of York Europe Campus, as well as a Research Associate at the South East European Research Centre (SEERC), in the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Cluster. She is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) as well as a Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter. Moreover, she has worked with children with autism and learning difficulties.

Her main research interest is the study of consciousness, during sleep, from a cognitive neuroscientific perspective at the same time combining the field of philosophy to understand consciousness better. Sleep and cognitive functions is a research interest that naturally derives from this! In addition, she is interested in neuplasticity and dopaminergic mechanisms of affect and behaviour (e.g. the neurocognitive effects of bilingualism, dementia effects in attention, the neurochemistry and early diagnosis of dementia through dopamine activity, cognitive aging, neuroplasticity in drug addiction/rehabilitation and the role of dopamine, Eye Blink Rates as a measure of dopamine function). Psychological responses to the COVID-19 pandemic is another research interest of mine, particularly looking at cognitive factors of resilience to the pandemic and factors influencing conformity to the related quarantine measures.


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