Sara C. Mednick, Ph.D.

2018- Department of Cognitive Sciences University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 
sleep memory learning
"Sara Mednick"

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


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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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Whitehurst LN, Mednick SC. (2020) Psychostimulants may block long-term memory formation via degraded sleep in healthy adults. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 107342
Chen PC, Sattari N, Whitehurst LN, et al. (2020) Age-related losses in cardiac autonomic activity during a daytime nap. Psychophysiology. e13701
Lacourse K, Yetton B, Mednick S, et al. (2020) Massive online data annotation, crowdsourcing to generate high quality sleep spindle annotations from EEG data. Scientific Data. 7: 190
Chen PC, Whitehurst LN, Naji M, et al. (2020) Autonomic/Central Coupling Benefits Working Memory in Healthy Young Adults. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 107267
Chen PC, Whitehurst LN, Naji M, et al. (2020) Autonomic Activity during a Daytime Nap Facilitates Working Memory Improvement. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 1-12
Byrne KN, McDevitt EA, Sheremata SL, et al. (2020) Transient cholinergic enhancement does not significantly affect either the magnitude or selectivity of perceptual learning of visual texture discrimination. Journal of Vision. 20: 5
Zhang J, Yetton B, Whitehurst LN, et al. (2020) The Effect of Zolpidem on Memory Consolidation Over a Night of Sleep. Sleep
Tselha T, Whitehurst LN, Tina V, et al. (2020) 0114 Morning Stimulant Administration Reduces Sleep and Overnight Working Memory Improvement Sleep. 43
Yetton BD, Cai DJ, Spoormaker VI, et al. (2019) Human Memories Can Be Linked by Temporal Proximity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 13: 315
Whitehurst LN, Agosta S, Castaños R, et al. (2019) The impact of psychostimulants on sustained attention over a 24-h period. Cognition. 193: 104015
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