Manuel Schabus

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Manuel Schabus
Department of Psychology

Hellbrunnerstrasse 34, 5020 Salzburg

Tel.: +43 662 8044 5113

Consultation hour : by appointment only
Twitter:  @ManuelSchabus
Research Group:  Laboratory for Sleep, Cognition, and Consciousness

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I mainly use electrophysiological methods (hdEEG and MEG) to understand how the brain works in “altered states of awareness”. In particular, we address the question of what can be processed by the human mind in full absence of consciousness. We are particularly interested in information processing during sleep, during prenatal learning but also in levels of awareness in the newborn. One of the most exciting findings at current is that the brain can perform astonishingly complex tasks even in apparently fully “unconscious” states. Last but not least we are interested in translating our knowledge into practice and work on eHealth solutions for more healthy sleep in disturbed sleepers and insomnia patients.

Key publications:

  • Florea, C., Topalidis, P., Hauser, T., Angerer, M., Kurapov, A., Leon, C. A. B., & Schabus, M. (2021). Sleep during COVID-19 lockdown: A cross-cultural study investigating job system relevance, Biochemical Pharmacology.
  • Wielek, T., Del Giudice, R., Lang, A., Wislowska, M., Ott, P., & Schabus, M. (2019). On the development of sleep states in the first weeks of life. PLoS ONE, 14(10), [e0224521].
  • Heib, D.P., Hoedlmoser, K., Anderer, P., Gruber, G., Zeitlhofer, J., Schabus, M. (2015). Oscillatory Theta Activity during Memory Formation and Its Impact on Overnight Consolidation: A Missing Link? Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27 (8), 1648-1658.
  • Schabus, M., Griessenberger, H., Gnjezda, M.-T., Heib, D. P. J., Wislowska, M., & Hoedlmoser, K. (2017). Better than sham? A double-blind placebo-controlled neurofeedback study in primary insomnia. BRAIN, 140 (2), 1-12.
  • Schabus, M., Dang-Vu, T.T., Albouy, G., Balteau, E., Boly, M., Carrier, J., … & Maquet, P. (2007). Hemodynamic cerebral correlates of sleep spindles during human non-rapid eye movement sleep. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 104(32), 13164-13169.