Hi, I'm Nelly Matorina.

I'm a Cognitive Neuroscientist + Artist + Science Communicator

Ever since taking a Psychology of Sleep course as an undergraduate, I've been completely fascinated by the connections between the 1/3 of our lives that we spend sleeping and dreaming and our memories. In cognitive neuroscience, we have the incredible opportunity to ask big questions. Why do parts of my day appear in my dreams? Are memories being processed during sleep? Does sleep help me retain certain kinds of memories, but not others?

My goal is to explore sleep, dreaming, and memory through my scientific research, as well as in art and scientific communication. I would love to see so many more conversations about the science, art, symbolism, and role in our lives of sleep, dreaming, and memory. If you're interested in collaborating on a project, I would love to hear from you.

I am currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto. I'm also an artist working in video, installation, and more recently, artificial intelligence. You can follow my artwork and science communication on my Instagram.