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Bernhard Staresina

Professor Bernhard Staresina, Tutorial Fellow in Psychology

  • Professor Bernhard Staresina

Bernhard Staresina is Tutorial Fellow in Psychology and director of the Staresina lab, which investigates human memory formation and the role of sleep for learning.

Psychology at Wadham

Bernhard Staresina trained as an experimental psychologist in Vienna, New York, Cambridge and Stanford. He is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the department of Experimental Psychology, where he heads a research lab focussed on understanding the neural and cognitive mechanisms that support learning and memory in humans ( His group uses functional neuroimaging, electrophysiology and brain stimulation to elucidate the intricate mechanisms through which memories are formed, retained and forgotten. One particular research focus is the role of sleep for memory, using a dedicated sleep laboratory to measure brain activity during sleep and unveil how particular activity patterns strengthen our memories overnight.

Selected publications

Staresina, Bernhard P., and Maria Wimber. "A neural chronometry of memory recall." Trends in cognitive sciences 23, no. 12 (2019): 1071-1085.

Cairney, Scott A., Nicole El Marj, and Bernhard P. Staresina. "Memory consolidation is linked to spindle-mediated information processing during sleep." Current Biology 28, no. 6 (2018): 948-954.

Staresina, Bernhard P., Til Ole Bergmann, Mathilde Bonnefond, Roemer Van Der Meij, Ole Jensen, Lorena Deuker, Christian E. Elger, Nikolai Axmacher, and Juergen Fell. "Hierarchical nesting of slow oscillations, spindles and ripples in the human hippocampus during sleep." Nature neuroscience 18, no. 11 (2015): 1679-1686.