Hans Dringenberg


Department of Psychology

B.A., University of Lethbridge, 1991
M.Sc., University of Western, 1993
Ph.D., University of Western, 1996

Lab Site

Research Interests

Sleep; sleep functions; synaptic plasticity during sleep and waking; sleep and memory consolidation; EEG.

I became interested in Behavioral Neuroscience after taking a course on “Brain and Behavior” taught by Ian Whishaw at the University of Lethbridge. I started to work with Ian and, in 1991, received a B.A. (Psychology) from the U of L. Subsequently, I went to the University of Western Ontario to work with Case Vanderwolf. I received a M.Sc. in Neuroscience in 1993, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 1996. From 1996-1997, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Physiological Psychology, University of Duesseldorf, Germany, working with J. P. Huston. In 1998, I took up my current position in the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University.

Selected Publications


Dringenberg, H.C. (Editor). (2019) Handbook of Sleep Research. Vol. 30, Handbook of Behavioural Neuroscience. Academic Press/Elsevier, San Diego, pp. 1-738.

Dringenberg, H.C.
(2019) Sleep and memory consolidation: conceptual and methodological challenges. In: Dringenberg, H.C. (ed.). Handbook of Sleep Research. Academic Press/Elsevier, pp. 489-501.

Dringenberg, H.C., and Kuo, M.-C. (2006) Cholinergic, histaminergic, and noradrenergic regulation of LTP stability and induction threshold: cognitive implications. In: Levin, E.D., Butcher, L, and Decker, M. (eds.). Neurotransmitter Interactions and Cognitive Function. Birkhäuser, Boston, pp. 165-183.

Journal Publications

Ou, C., Dringenberg, H.C., and Soutar, C.N. (2019) Is hippocampal theta frequency related to individual and sex differences in anxiety-like behaviour? An analysis in male and female Long-Evans rats. Behav. Brain Res., 364:366-373.

Stewart, M.R., and Dringenberg, H.C. (2016) Potential role of synaptic activity to inhibit LTD induction in rat visual cortex. Neural Plasticity, vol, 2016, Article ID 1401935, 10 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/1401935

Hager, A.M., Gagolewicz, P.J., Rodier, S., Kuo, M.-C., Dumont, E.C., Dringenberg, H.C. (2015) Metaplastic up-regulation of LTP in the rat visual cortex by monocular visual training: requirement of task mastery, hemispheric specificity, and NMDA-GluN2B involvement. Neuroscience, 293:171-186.

Habib, D., Tsui, C.K.Y., Rosen, L.G., and Dringenberg, H.C. (2014) Occlusion of low-frequency-induced long-term potentiation (LTP) in the rat hippocampus following spatial training, Cerebral Cortex, 24:3090-3096.

Habib, D., and Dringenberg, H.C. (2010) Low frequency-induced synaptic potentiation: A paradigm shift in the field of memory-related plasticity mechanisms Hippocampus, 20:29-35.

Kuo, M.-C., Rasmusson D.D., and Dringenberg, H.C. (2009) Input-selective potentiation and re-balancing of primary sensory cortex afferents by endogenous acetylcholine. Neuroscience, 163:430-441.