Budapest Laboratory of Sleep and Cognition – Eötvös Loránd University

Budapest Laboratory of Sleep and Cognition - Eötvös Loránd University

Faculty of Education and Psychology

Budapest Laboratory of Sleep and Cognition

Contact: Péter  
Position: Head of the Laboratory
Address: Izabella u. 46., 1064
City: Budapest
Country: Hungary
Contact Email: Contact laboratory


Laboratory Description:

The aim of the Budapest Laboratory of Sleep and Cognition is to examine human behavior with a special focus on sleep and its role in information processing. In our view, sleep provides an exciting “natural environment” to explore and unravel the neural activity of the brain as well as its more specific functions or dysfunctions. Our research topics extend from basic neurophysiological studies to more complex experiments focusing also on the behavioral level. Our aim is to understand sleep and sleep-related cognitive and affective processes in their entirety integrating multiple (physiological, cognitive and phenomenological) levels of analyses.

Additional Descriptors, Keywords:

Nightmare Disorder, REM sleep, Chronotype, sleep and psychotic-like phenomena

KEY Publications of the Laboratory:

Simor, P., van der Wijk, G., Nobili, L., & Peigneux, P. (2020). The microstructure of REM sleep: why phasic and tonic?. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 101305.

Simor, P., Szalárdy, O., Gombos, F., Ujma, P.P., Jordán, Z., Halász, L., Erőss, L., Fabó, D. and Bódizs, R., (2021). REM Sleep Microstates in the Human Anterior Thalamus. Journal of Neuroscience. DOI:

Simor, P., Bogdány, T., Bódizs, R., & Perakakis, P. (2021). Cortical monitoring of cardiac activity during rapid eye movement sleep: the heartbeat evoked potential in phasic and tonic REM microstates. Sleep.zsab100,

Simor, P., Gombos, F., Blaskovich, B., Bódizs, R. (2018). Long-range alpha/beta and short-range gamma EEG synchronization distinguishes phasic and tonic REM periods. SLEEP, 41(3). doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsx210.

Simor, P., Horváth, K., Gombos, F., Bódizs, R. (2012) Disturbed dreaming and sleep quality: altered sleep architecture in subjects with frequent nightmares. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 262(8), 687-696.

Simor, P., Horváth, K., Ujma, P., Gombos, F., Bódizs, R. (2013). Fluctuations between sleep and wakefulness: wake-like features indicated by increased EEG alpha power during different sleep stages in nightmare disorder. Biological Psychology, 94, 592-600.

Simor, P., Körmendi, J., Horváth, K., Gombos, F., Ujma, P., Bódizs, R. (2014) Electroencephalographic and Autonomic Alterations in Nightmare Disorder during Pre-and Post-REM periods. Brain and Cognition, 91, 62-70. DOI: 10.1016/j.bandc.2014.08.004

Simor, P., Zavecz, Zs., Pálosi, V., Török, Cs, Köteles, F. (2015) The influence of sleep complaints on the association between chronotype and negative emotionality in young adults. Chronobiology International, 32(1), 1-10. DOI:10.3109/07420528.2014.935786

Blaskovich, B., Szőllősi, Á., Gombos, F., Racsmány, M., Simor, P. (2017). The benefit of directed forgetting persists after a daytime nap: the role of spindles and REM sleep in the consolidation of relevant memories. SLEEP, 40, 3. DOI: 10.1093/sleep/zsw076 .


  • Title:  PhD Name:  Ferenc Köteles Position: Full Professor Institution: Eötvös Loránd University Email: 
  • Title:  PhD Name:  Philippe Peigneux Position: Full Professor Institution: Université Libre de Bruxelles Email: 
  • Title:  PhD Name:  Dezső Németh Position: Full Professor Institution: Eötvös Loránd University Email: