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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. In 2020, I moved the the Professor rank at UCI.

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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
Nicola Cellini grad student 2011-2012 UC Riverside
Katherine Duggan grad student 2011-2016 University of Pittsburgh
Elizabeth McDevitt grad student 2012-2017 Princeton
Lauren Whitehurst grad student 2013-2018 University of Kentucky
Kate Simon post-doc 2019- UC Irvine
Mohammad Niknazar post-doc 2012-2014 UC Riverside
Maryam Ahmadi post-doc 2014-2017 UC Riverside
Mohsen Naji post-doc 2013-2018 UC Irvine
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Niknazar H, Malerba P, Mednick SC. (2022) Slow oscillations promote long-range effective communication: The key for memory consolidation in a broken-down network. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 119: e2122515119
McDevitt EA, Zhang J, MacKenzie KJ, et al. (2022) The effect of interference, offline sleep, and wake on spatial statistical learning. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 193: 107650
Chen PC, Simon KC, Sattari N, et al. (2022) Autonomic central coupling during daytime sleep differs between older and younger people. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 193: 107646
Malerba P, Whitehurst L, Mednick SC. (2022) The space-time profiles of sleep spindles and their coordination with slow oscillations on the electrode manifold. Sleep
Zhang J, Whitehurst LN, Mednick SC. (2022) The role of sleep for episodic memory consolidation: Stabilizing or rescuing? Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 191: 107621
Alzueta E, de Zambotti M, Javitz H, et al. (2022) Tracking Sleep, Temperature, Heart Rate, and Daily Symptoms Across the Menstrual Cycle with the Oura Ring in Healthy Women. International Journal of Women's Health. 14: 491-503
Simon KC, McDevitt EA, Ragano R, et al. (2022) Progressive muscle relaxation increases slow-wave sleep during a daytime nap. Journal of Sleep Research. e13574
Simon KC, Whitehurst LN, Zhang J, et al. (2021) Zolpidem Maintains Memories for Negative Emotions Across a Night of Sleep. Affective Science. 3: 389-399
Chen PC, Niknazar H, Alaynick WA, et al. (2021) Competitive dynamics underlie cognitive improvements during sleep. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 118
Whitehurst LN, Mednick SC. (2020) Psychostimulants may block long-term memory formation via degraded sleep in healthy adults. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 107342
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