S2 E7: Your Mind on Good & Bad Sleep, with Dr. Lauren Whitehurst
What actually makes for good sleep? Dr. Lauren Whitehurst joins us to discuss how the brain, and crucially, the rest of the body, interact during sleep to support cognitive functions like memory consolidation and insight. Dr. Whitehurst shares how vital sleep is to overall health, and what happens when some communities systematically get less sleep than others. Beth & Ava discuss their own experiences with sleep spilling over into other facets of life.
Dr. Lauren Whitehurst
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Whitehurst, L. N., Cellini, N., McDevitt, E. A., Duggan, K. A., & Mednick, S. C. (2016). Autonomic activity during sleep predicts memory consolidation in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(26), 7272-7277.
Chen, P. C., Whitehurst, L. N., Naji, M., & Mednick, S. C. (2020). Autonomic activity during a daytime nap facilitates working memory improvement. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 32(10), 1963-1974.
Whitehurst, L. N., Chen, P. C., Naji, M., & Mednick, S. C. (2020). New directions in sleep and memory research: The role of autonomic activity. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 33, 17-24.
Whitehurst, L. N., Naji, M., & Mednick, S. C. (2018). Comparing the cardiac autonomic activity profile of daytime naps and nighttime sleep. Neurobiology of sleep and circadian rhythms, 5, 52-57.