Faculty Profile

Clare Anderson, PhD

Lecturer on Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Assistant Neuroscientist, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Departments of Medicine and Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital

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Brigham and Womens Hospital, Division of Sleep Medicine
221, Longwood Avenue, Suite 438
Boston, MA 02115

Phone 617-525-8558
Fax 617-732-4015

Email canderson22@rics.bwh.harvard.edu

Research Unit(s)

Division of Sleep Medicine
Harvard Work Hours, Health and Safety

Research Interests

My research interests span basic and applied sleep research under the general remit of effects of acute and chronic sleep loss on behavior and performance. My previous work involving higher order cognition, or executive function, has focused on models of frontal lobe impairment (sleep deprivation, healthy aging) and established trait links between neuropsychological performance and sleep EEG, in a healthy older population. Following on from this, my focus incorporated more social aspects of performance including social interaction, non-verbal communication, and trust and bargaining ability following acute sleep loss.

My most recent work has focused on neurobehavioral performance, in a distractive environment, following acute sleep loss, or during an adverse circadian phase. This research highlights the importance of addressing real-world environments when conducting lab-based studies, due to sleep-related performance impairments being exacerbated in a non-sterile environment. As part of the Harvard Work Hours, Health and Safety group, my focus is on drowsy driving, where I am setting up a field study to address the objective levels of sleepiness occurring in medical residents following an extended shift on the drive home from work.


Loughborough University, UK
Dr Bessy Hung, graduate student 2004-2008
Charlotte Platten, graduate student, 2005-2009
Alan Wales, graduate student, 2006-present
Clare Webb, graduate student, 2005-2008
Kate Jordan, masters student, 2006-2008

Research Funding

Department for Transport (UK)
‘Effects of a non-caffeinated high sugar drinks on driver sleepiness’

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC-UK)
‘Sleep Debt – A critical evaluation of laboratory evidence’ (Co-I)

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC-UK):
‘Sleepiness-related ‘distractibility’ under monotonous workplace settings’ (Co-I)

European Sleep Research Society/Sanofi-Aventis:
‘Social Neuroscience of Sleep Loss’ (PI)


Faculty, Sleep Research Centre, Loughborough University, UK.
3rd European Sleep Research Society Course in Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine. Zurich. 2005.

Selected Publications

Anderson C, Dickinson DL. Bargaining and trust: the effects of 36-h total sleep deprivation on socially interactive decisions.
J Sleep Res. 2009 Oct 14. [PMID: 19840243]

Wales AW, Anderson C, Jones KL, Schwaninger A, Horne JA. Evaluating the two-component inspection model in a simplified luggage search task.
Behav Res Methods. 2009 Aug;41(3):937-43. [PMID: 19587210]

Anderson C, Platten CR, Horne JA. Self-reported 'sleep deficit' is unrelated
to daytime sleepiness. Physiol Behav. 2009 Mar 23;96(4-5):513-7. [PMID: 19071145]

Horne J, Anderson C, Platten C. Sleep extension versus nap or coffee, within the context of 'sleep debt'.
J Sleep Res. 2008 Dec;17(4):432-6. [PMID: 19021851]

Anderson C, Horne JA. Placebo response to caffeine improves reaction time performance in sleepy people.
Hum Psychopharmacol. 2008 Jun;23(4):333-6. [PMID: 18350573]

Anderson C, Horne JA. Do we really want more sleep? A population-based study evaluating the strength of desire for more sleep.
Sleep Med. 2008 Jan;9(2):184-7. [PMID: 17638588]

Hung CS, Anderson C, Horne JA, McEvoy P. Mobile phone 'talk-mode' signal delays EEG-determined sleep onset.
Neurosci Lett. 2007 Jun 21;421(1):82-6. [PMID: 17548154]

Anderson C, Horne JA.  Do we really want more sleep? A population-based study evaluating the strength of desire for more sleep. 
Sleep Med. 2008 Jan;9(2):184-7. [PMID: 17638588]

Anderson C, Horne JA.  A high sugar content, low caffeine drink does not alleviate sleepiness but may worsen it. 
Hum Psychopharmacol. 2006 Jul;21(5):299-303. [PMID: 16856218]

Anderson C, Horne JA.  Sleepiness enhances distraction during a monotonous task.
Sleep. 2006 Apr 1;29(4):573-6. [ PMID: 16676792]

Anderson C, Horne JA.  Prefrontal cortex: links between low frequency delta EEG in sleep and neuropsychological performance in healthy, older people. 
Psychophysiology. 2003 May;40(3):349-57. [PMID: 12946109]

Anderson C, Horne JA.  Electroencephalographic activities during wakefulness and sleep in the frontal cortex of healthy older people: links with "thinking".
Sleep. 2003 Dec 15;26(8):968-72. [PMID: 14746376]

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