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Sleep and Emotional Memory in Late-Life Depression Study

You are invited to take part in a research study about the relationship between sleep and emotional memory in people with late-life depression.

The purpose of this study is to examine brain waves during sleep and wake to examine how poor sleep may affect emotional memory.

To ensure your eligibility you will undergo a short online questionnaire. You will then be sent a portable device to wear for 3 nights that attaches to your finger while you sleep and measures blood oxygen to confirm any sleep apnea. 

Following this, you will undergo a short online daytime screening where you will do a few memory and thinking tasks with a researcher (~45 minutes). 

On the sleep study night you will come into the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Glebe and you will complete an image-based task and a word-based task before and after sleep to test your memory for emotional information (~1.5 hours).

You will be set up (~1.5 hours)and sleep overnight with a high-density EEG sensor cap on which uses 256 sensors to measure brain activity.


You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Are aged 50-90 years
  • Are fluent in English
  • Have no diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, mild cognitive impairment or a neurological disorder
  • Have no current or previously diagnosed serious mental health disorder, other than depression or anxiety
  • Have no history of head trauma with a loss of consciousness > 30 mins
  • Have no history of stroke or mini stroke (TIA)
  • Are not a current shift worker
  • Are not regularly taking sleep-affecting medication
  • Have no history of alcohol or drug abuse
  • Have no other serious medical conditions
  • Have not been diagnosed narcolepsy, REM behaviour sleep disorder, restless legs syndrome, severe OSA or severe insomnia

How to participate

If you are interested in assisting with this important and exciting area of research:

For more information or to register interest please visit our website: 


Contact our research coordinator,  Andrea Ricciardiello
Call : 9114 0478 (from 9am - 5pm)