Many people pride themselves on their ability to function despite a lack of sleep. But is that really best for their performance and their mental health? Dr. Jessica Payne chats with Mark Yacano about the importance of sleep and the role it plays in our daily lives.
She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience with Dr. Lynn Nadel, Regents Professor at the University of Arizona, trailblazer in the neurobiology of learning and memory, and member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Payne then completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Robert Stickgold, Professor at Harvard Medical School and leader in the field of sleep research, and Dr. Daniel Schacter, Professor at Harvard University, expert in human memory, and member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Payne went on to accept a faculty position at the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Payne's research focuses on how sleep and stress independently and interactively influence human memory, emotion, creativity, performance, and brain function. She teaches courses in Psychology and Neurobiology, including a popular course entitled “The Sleeping Brain,” for which she won Harvard University’s Bok Center Award for teaching excellence and which regularly sports a long waitlist of students at Notre Dame. Dr. Payne's teaching has also been recognized by Notre Dame’s Frank O’Malley Award for undergraduate teaching and service and Rev. Edmund P. Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Sleep, Stress, and Memory Lab: https://samlab.nd.edu/
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