Professor Mark Blagrove

Professor Mark Blagrove

Professor, Psychology

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295586

Research Links

Office - 807
Eighth Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I research sleep and dreaming, and the possible functions of sleep and of dreaming. Work is conducted in the Swansea University Sleep Laboratory as well as through dream reports collected by participants at home. Notable findings have been the effects of sleep loss on suggestibility, effects of naturalistic motivation on memory consolidation in sleep, the specificity of the dream-lag effect to REM sleep, Sensory Processing Sensitivity and the aetiology of nightmares, and the effects of dream-sharing on insight and empathy.  


MA Natural Sciences (Biological), University of Cambridge, 1979-82 (Fitzwilliam College)

PhD Psychology, Brunel University, London, 1985-89

Graduate Certificate in Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2019-20


Areas Of Expertise

  • Sleep
  • Dreaming
  • Nightmares
  • Memory consolidation
  • Sensory Processing Sensitivity
  • Sleep, memory, ageing and dementia

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests



Cognitive Psychology

Biological Psychology


Sleep and memory consolidation

Relationship of sleep and wake life variables to dream content

Aetiology of nightmares

Sensory Processing Sensitivity

Effects of sharing dreams, including effects on empathy

Cognitive and psychophysiological effects of ageing and dementia

Award Highlights

Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Former President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (2000-1)


I am one half of the science art collaboration Dreams Illustrated and Discussed, in which public discussions of dreams and their waking life memory sources occur, while the dream is painted by my artist collaborator from Goldsmiths and also Swansea College of Art. Details of the collaboration can be seen at our website and on twitter @DreamsID.  Our research has been published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology Further details are on twitter @DreamsID and