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 not much is known 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). For detailed descriptions of some
of our ongoing work, please consult the Research page.