Sara C. Mednick, Ph.D.

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2018- Department of Cognitive Sciences University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 
Area:
sleep memory learning
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http://www.saramednick.com/
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Bio:

In graduate school at Harvard University I worked with Robert Stickgold and Ken Nakayama studying the role of sleep in perceptual learning, using a nap design that provided methodological advancements from nocturnal sleep studies. For my post-doc at the Salk Institute and UCSD under Drs Sean Drummond (expert in sleep and cognitive aging) and Geoffrey Boynton (expert in fMRI and visual perception), I received an NIH NRSA fellowship to bring the technique of fMRI to bear on examination of the neural mechanisms underlying offline consolidation of perceptual learning. In 2011 I took a position as an Assistant Professor position at UCR Psychology Department (2011-2015), and recently tenured to Associate Professor in 2015. On Jan 1, 2018, I was hired as an Associate Professor at UC Irvine Department of Cognitive Sciences.

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Robert Stickgold grad student
Ken Nakayama grad student 2003 Harvard
 (Naps prevent perceptual deterioration and facilitate learning in local networks of human visual cortex.)
Geoffrey Boynton post-doc Salk Institute
Sean P. A. Drummond post-doc 2003-2008 UCSD

Children

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Denise J. Cai grad student Mt Sinai
Negin Sattari grad student 2018- UC Irvine
Ben Yetton grad student 2018- UC Irvine
Katherine Duggan grad student 2011-2016 University of Pittsburgh
Elizabeth McDevitt grad student 2012-2017 Princeton
Lauren Whitehurst grad student 2013-2018 UC Riverside
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Naji M, Krishnan GP, McDevitt EA, et al. (2019) Timing between Cortical Slow Oscillations and Heart Rate Bursts during Sleep Predicts Temporal Processing Speed, but Not Offline Consolidation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 1-7
Tselha T, Whitehurst LN, Yetton BD, et al. (2019) Morning stimulant administration reduces sleep and overnight working memory improvement. Behavioural Brain Research. 111940
Cellini N, Shimizu RE, Connolly PM, et al. (2019) Short Duration Repetitive Transcranial Electrical Stimulation During Sleep Enhances Declarative Memory of Facts. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 13: 123
Naji M, Krishnan GP, McDevitt EA, et al. (2018) Coupling of autonomic and central events during sleep benefits declarative memory consolidation. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Cellini N, Mednick SC. (2018) Stimulating the sleeping brain: current approaches to modulating memory-related sleep physiology. Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Malerba P, Whitehurst LN, Simons SB, et al. (2018) Spatio-temporal structure of sleep slow oscillations on the electrode manifold and its relation to spindles. Sleep
McDevitt EA, Sattari N, Duggan KA, et al. (2018) The impact of frequent napping and nap practice on sleep-dependent memory in humans. Scientific Reports. 8: 15053
Schapiro AC, McDevitt EA, Rogers TT, et al. (2018) Human hippocampal replay during rest prioritizes weakly learned information and predicts memory performance. Nature Communications. 9: 3920
Yetton BD, McDevitt EA, Cellini N, et al. (2018) Quantifying sleep architecture dynamics and individual differences using big data and Bayesian networks. Plos One. 13: e0194604
Baker FC, Sattari N, de Zambotti M, et al. (2018) Impact of sex steroids and reproductive stage on sleep-dependent memory consolidation in women. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
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