8th July 2019

Anthony Bloxham, Psychology PhD student at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU), presented his research at the 36th International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) Conference held in Kerkrade, The Netherlands. Anthony’s research, part-funded by the IASD's Dream Science Foundation, describes a psychological experiment conducted in collaboration with The University of Lincoln, which aims to understand the nature of dreaming and its links with memory processes. The presentation was delivered as part of a research symposium at the conference, on the subject of memory reactivations in sleep and the developing use of virtual reality (VR) in dreams research. A number of renowned dream researchers from all over the world were in attendance and listened to the presentation. Other speakers at this symposium included Jayne Gackenbach (USA), an expert on how video games influence dreams, and Claudia Picard-Deland (Canada), PhD student at the University of Montreal, who independently conducted a very similar experiment to Anthony's. The talks were well-received and generated insightful discussion among those who were present. Reflecting on his experience after the conference, the opportunity to share and discuss his work with international peers was one of Anthony’s key highlights from the event: "I really enjoyed visiting the conference in The Netherlands and presenting my work, as well as getting to meet many of the researchers whose work has inspired and informed my own. My greatest thanks to them. Kate Adams who used to be at BGU was there, and it was nice to see her again." Our academics and students are regularly invited to present at conferences around the world, you can follow all their travels on our news page and find out how you can start your own adventures on our course pages.