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Sleep On It: Dr. Rebecca Spencer Reveals Her Journey through the Field of Sleep Research

Dr. Rebeca Spencer, assistant professor in the Psychology Department in the College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst, studies the impact of sleep on learning and its effect on memory as people age. Her recent findings—covered in scientific publications such as the Journal of Neuroscience and Journal of Sleep Research as well as in media such as The New York Times, USA Today, and O, The Oprah Magazine—include scientific substantiation of the old advice to "sleep on it" when trying to make a decision and not sleeping after a traumatic event can lessen its emotional impact. Part of the CNS Natures Faculty Lecture Series: http://www.cns.umass.edu/about/natures