The Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (CNL) is a multidisciplinary research laboratory that studies the neural underpinnings of human behavior primarily using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Our two focus areas are cognition in the setting of sleep deprivation, and the cognitive neuroscience of aging. In addition to our own research, we support a number of other investigators.

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Upcoming study

In Nov/Dec of 2014, we will be conducting a research project that aims to study the effects of sleep on cognitive functions in adolescents in Singapore. My team and I would like to invite you to partner with us in this endeavour.

(1) to examine the impact of short sleep on cognitive function
(2) to investigate the effectiveness of extending sleep opportunity as an intervention to reduce cognitive impairments induced by sleep loss

Scientific importance:
This will be the first study of its kind, and we believe that its findings regarding sleep and health will be of use to educators and schools.

If you are between 15-19 years old, or know of anyone who would like to participate in this study, please download the FAQ sheet to learn more about the study.

Dates: 26 Nov ⎯ 9 Dec 2014
Venue: Nanyang Girls Boarding School
Vacancies: 60
Eligibility: 15-19 years and healthy
Cost: $0

What you can expect:

  • Have first-hand experience of various research techniques
  • Attend talks by scientists in various fields of research
  • Know how your brain looks like and how well you sleep

If you have any additional questions or clarifications, feel free to send your enquires to Miss Ruth Leong at or call the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (CNL) at 6516 4457 during office hours.


On this World Sleep Day (14 March '14), Prof Michael Chee comments on 'why getting enough sleep matters'.

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23 September 2014


The association cortex supports cognitive functions enabling flexible behavior. Here, we explored the organization of human association cortex by mathematically formalizing the notion that a behavioral task engages multiple cognitive components, which are in turn supported by multiple overlapping brain regions. [Download Article]

1 July 2014


The mechanisms of how sleep loss may result in altered brain structure and cognition remain unknown. We investigated the contribution of sleep duration and quality to age-related changes in brain structure and cognitive performance in relatively healthy older adults. [Download Article]

28 May 2014


Human sleep schedules vary widely across countries. We investigated whether these variations were related to differences in social factors, Morningness–Eveningness (ME) preference, or the natural light–dark cycle by contrasting the sleep duration and timing of young adults (age: 18–35 years) on work and free days in Singapore (n=1898) and the UK (n=837). [Download Article]


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