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About Jennifer Johnson

After starting my Psychology BSc at the University of Lincoln, I discovered my research interest in Sleep Psychology. I then went on to become Senior Research Assistant in the Sleep and Cognition Laboratory under the supervision of Dr Simon Durrant, completing both my dissertation and thesis in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Sleep and Memory. I completed my MSc in Psychological Research Methods in the University of Lincoln specialising in techniques such as PSG and tDCS. Throughout my student life, I was fortunate to be a Student Trustee on the board of executives at the University of Lincoln Students' Union and work with Clearlinks as a transcription facilitator for students with disabilities. The experience led me to become interested in aiding individuals with access to university, resulting in my current post as a Research Assistant within the Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute working on the Access Agreement Evaluation Project alongside Dr Rachel Spacey.

Department Responsibilities

Research Assistant in LHERI, Senior Research Assistant in the Sleep and Cognition Laboratory.

Subject Specialism

Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience of Sleep, Higher Education


  • MSc Psychological Research Methods (Distinction) — University of Lincoln, 2017
  • BSc Psychology (First-Class Honours) — University of Lincoln, 2016


  • The Lincoln Award — The University of Lincoln,
  • Nicola Ewen Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University and University Life — The University of Lincoln,
  • Honourary Lifetime Membership — The University of Lincoln Students' Union,

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Neuroscience of Sleep and Memory, Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, Higher Education

Research Groups Memberships

  • Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute (Fellow)

Research Projects

  • The Access Agreement Evaluation Project — in 2017
  • The Effect of Music on Sleep (with University of Sheffield) — in 2017
  • The Role of Brain Oscillations during REM Sleep in Memory Consolidation — in 2017
  • Essential Oils and Sleep (with Microcapture) — in 2017
  • Cognitive neuroscience of template formation in visual search - a TMS study — UROS in 2015
  • Sleep Quality in Older Adults (with U3A) — in 2015
  • REM Sleep and Emotional Memory Consolidation: The Influence of Depression — in 2015