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Brock University


Brock University

Department of Psychology

St. Catharines, Ontario, L2S 3A1



Phone: (905)-688-5550 ext. 3795, 3573, 4806

FAX: (905)-668-6922


Faculty (Name, Email address)

Co-directors of Brock University Sleep Research Laboratory:

Robert D. Ogilvie, Ph.D.

Kimberly A. Cote, Ph.D.

Other Faculty in Psychology Department:

Sid Segalowitz, Professor, (Electrophysiology & Neuropsychology);

Kathryn Belicki, Professor, (Dreams & Nightmares);

Harry Hunt, Professor, (Dream Typology);

Tomoka Takeuchi, Adjunct Professor, (Circadian Rhythms & Dreams);  t-takeuchi@CRHSC.UMontreal.CA 

Types of Training Available


Students may enroll in the Psychology or Neuroscience programs, leading to 3rd or 4th year Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees respectively. Courses of interest in the Psyc or Neuro departments include: 3rd year "Sleep & Wakefulness" course (1 semester; includes sleep labs); courses on dreams, consciousness and experiential psychology; 3rd year research methods course project; Honors Thesis project. Opportunities for research in the sleep lab are always available.


M.A. and Ph.D. programs are offered in Experimental Psychology. Our new Ph.D. program builds on our successful M.A. program and will comprise the same three fields of specialization: Behavioural Neuroscience, Life-Span Development and Social/Personality. University Graduate Fellowships are available.

Post-doctoral opportunities:  

available with external funding.

Types of Funding Available:

Support from Research Grants (lab currently funded by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada -- NSERC)

Graduate Fellowships (guaranteed for all students enrolled in M.A. and Ph.D. program). Canadian citizens are encouraged to apply for external funding from OGS, NSERC, and SSHRC, if applicable; U.S. citizens are encouraged to apply for NIH pre-doctoral fellowships.

Teaching Assistant stipends

Research Assistant stipends

Current Trainees (Names and Email address):

Tim Murphy Ph.D. Candidate

Cory Martin, M.A. Student

Karen Baxter Honors Thesis student

Danielle Sirianni Honors Thesis student

Caroline Emmott Honors Thesis student

Trainees who have completed training [in the past five years] and current status (Name, Title, Institution, Email):

Note: all of the following students worked under the supervision of R.D. Ogilvie:



S. Lazic Niagara Sleep Tech

C. Massicotte Niagara Sleep Tech.




S. Kendall

B. Kleim




M. McDonald




A. Ferrelli Stellate Systems Inc., Montreal, Que.

S. Hague

K. Peters




P. Doerfling




S. Allen M.A. Dalhousie, Halifax, N.S.

C. Alloway Ph.D., Queen's University, Kingston, Ont.

C. Lamarche Ph.D., Queen's University, Kingston, Ont

T . Murphy Ph.D., University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ont

Primary Research and/or Clinical Focus of Laboratory

Sleep research is a focus of the department within our Behavioural Neuroscience Graduate Program (M.A. and Ph.D.). Other foci are in Social Personality and Cognitive/Developmental Psych. The University has a strong focus in electrophysiological research, particularly with respect to arousal mechanisms.

The Brock Sleep Laboratory typically conducts research studies involving healthy, young adults; however, applied studies and collaborations with Sleep Disorders Clinics are possible. Some current areas of interest include:

R.D. Ogilvie:

Sleep Onset / Offset
Psychophysiology of sleep
Behavioral Sleep/Wake Monitoring
Sleep deprivation and performance

K.A. Cote:

Daytime sleepiness
Sleep and performance
Effects of sleep deprivation on EEG/ERPs
Cognition and consciousness during sleep and wakefulness
Topographic recording and analysis of EEG/ERPs
Quantitative EEG analysis (power spectral analysis)

Technical Capabilities of Lab

Excellent facilities: 2 bedrooms off of main sleep recording room, washroom, and computer analysis room -- all in a soundproof / RF shielded environment.
Two 32-channel digital amplifiers; Stellate Software for acquisition and analysis of sleep data; InstEP software for analysis of event-related potentials data; two 14-channel Nihon Koden EEG machines.
Computer capabilities: 7 Pentium PCs in lab, networked, recordable CD-ROMS, scanner, color bubble jet printers.
Other stuff: activity monitors, behavioural response reaction time monitors.

Primary Training Focus

Human (Basic)
Human (Clinical Research)

Other Training Opportunities

Collaboration with Sleep Disorders Clinics in Paris, Ontario and Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Representative Publications For the Last Five Years

Representative Publications for R.D. Ogilvie:

Fukuda, K., Ogilvie, R.D., & Takeuchi, T. (2000). Recognition of sleep paralysis among normal adults in Canada and in Japan. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 54, 292-293.

Ogilvie, R.D. The process of falling asleep. Sleep Medicine Reviews. Revised and resubmitted, June, 2000.

Alloway, C.E.D., Ogilvie, R.D., & Shapiro, C.M. (1999). The electrophysiology of the sleep-onset period in narcoleptics and normals. Sleep, 22(2), 191-203.

Fukuda, K., Ogilvie, R.D., Chilcott, L., Vendittelli, A., Takeuchi, T. (1998). The prevalence of sleep paralysis among Canadian and Japanese college students.  Dreaming, 8, 59-66.

Hadjiyannakis, K., Ogilvie, R.D., Alloway, C.E.D. & Shapiro, C. (1997). FFT analysis of Stage 2-to-REM transitions in narcoleptics and controls. Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology, 103, 543-553.

Lamarche, C., & Ogilvie, R.D. (1997). Electrophysiological changes during the sleep onset period of psychophysiological insomniacs, psychiatric insomniacs and normal sleepers. Sleep, 20(9), 724-733.

Alloway,C.E.D., Ogilvie, R.D., & Shapiro, C.M. (1997). The alpha attenuation test: Assessing physiological sleepiness in narcolepsy. Sleep, 20(4), 258-266.

Leslie, K., & Ogilvie, R.D. (1996). Vestibular dreams: the effect of rocking. Dreaming, 6, 1-16.

Bowman, S.K., Jamieson, D.G. & Ogilvie, R.D. (1995). Waking effectiveness of visual alerting signals. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. 32, 43-54.

Representative Publications for K.A. Cote:

Huber, R., Graf, T., Cote, K.A., Wittmann, L., Gallmann, E., Matter, D., Schuderer, J., Kuster, N.,Borbély, A.A., & Achermann, P. (2000). Exposure to pulsed high-frequency electromagnetic field during waking affects human sleep EEG. NeuroReport, 11(15), 3321-3325.

Cote, K.A., Epps, T. & Campbell, K.B. (2000). The role of the spindle in human information processing of high intensity stimuli during sleep. Journal of Sleep Research, 9(1), 19-26.

Cote, K.A., de Lugt, D.R., Langley, S.D. & Campbell, K.B. (1999). Scalp topography of the auditory evoked K-complex in stage 2 and slow wave sleep. Journal of Sleep Research, 8(4), 263-274.

Cote, K.A. & Campbell, K.B. (1999). The effects of stimulus intensity on eliciting P300 during REM sleep. NeuroReport, 10, 2313-2318.

Cote, K.A. & Campbell, K.B. (1999). P300 to high intensity stimuli during REM sleep. Clinical Neurophysiology, 110, 1345-1350.

Cote, K.A. & Moldofsky, H. (1997). Sleep, daytime symptoms and cognitive performance in patients with fibromyalgia. Journal of Rheumatology, 24(10), 2014-2023.

Cote, K.A. & Ogilvie, R.D. (1995). Behavioural sleep/wake monitoring of insomniac and good sleepers. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 27, 438-449.

www link for the Lab

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Faculty Research Interests

Bio on Ogilvie:
Bio on Cote: