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Fenn Kimberly Fenn
Associate Professor
Ph.D. The University of Chicago 2006
Masters The University of Chicago 2000
Bachelors The University of Delaware 1997
Primary Program: Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
289B Psychology
(517) 432-6258

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Sleep and Learning Lab The Sleep and Learning Lab investigates the acquisition and consolidation of complex skills and episodic memory. A primary focus of the lab is on memory consolidation, the processing of memory after initial acquisition. This processing can serve to change memory, often strengthening and stabilizing memory, and increasing resistance to forgetting. We approach this question from several different perspectives, with a special emphasis on the role of sleep in consolidating memory. While we do not understand much about the biological and psychological functions of sleep, there is growing evidence that sleep plays a role in the process of memory consolidation. The lab uses basic behavioral paradigms as well as implementing polysomnography during sleep and using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Research Publications    
2013Sleep restores generalized, but not rote learning of synthetic speech
2013What drives sleep-dependent memory consolidation: Greater gain or less loss?
2012Imagined actions aren't just weak actions: Task variability promotes skill learning in physical but not mental practice
2011Where less is heard than meets the ear: Change deafness in a telephone conversation
2010Consolidating the effects of waking and sleep on motor-sequence learning
2010Simple stimuli, simple strategies
2009Reduced false memory after sleep
2008Perceptual learning of Cantonese lexical tones by tonal and non-tonal language speakers
2008Margoliash, D., & Fenn, K. M. (2008). Sleep and Memory Consolidation in Audition. In A. I. Basbaum & A. Kaneko & G. M. Shepherd & G. Westheimer (Eds.), The Senses: A comprehensive reference (Vol. Vol 3 Audition, pp. 895-912). San Diego: Academic Press.
2007Complex acoustic pattern learning in humans and songbirds