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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

The role of sleep in healthy and dysfunctional memory

Fri, September 27, 2013 • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM • SEA 4.244

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Carmen Westerberg from Texas State will be giving the cognitive seminar talk this Friday at 3pm in the library (SEA 4.244). Below are the details about her talk:

 

Title: The role of sleep in healthy and dysfunctional memory

 

Abstract: A fundamental feature of memories is that they change after initial encoding. Whereas some memories are forgotten, others undergo a process of consolidation, wherein they are integrated with pre-existing knowledge and become stabilized for long-term storage. Research over the past two decades indicates that consolidation optimally occurs during sleep. Thus, one possibility is that sleep changes concomitant with aging and age-related disease may contribute to the memory deficits observed in these individuals. Recent studies examining how sleep contributes to memory consolidation and how consolidation may be influenced by age-related changes in sleep will be discussed.

 

We hope to see you all there!


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