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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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
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
Sattari N, Whitehurst LN, Ahmadi M, et al. (2019) Does working memory improvement benefit from sleep in older adults? Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms. 6: 53-61
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
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