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How Does Sleep (or lack of it) Impact Your Life?

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The College of Natural Sciences presents “Sleep On It: The Power of Sleep” with renowned sleep researcher Dr. Rebecca Spencer at the NATURES public lecture on April 26, 2012.

Dr. Spencer, an assistant professor in the Psychology Department 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.

In her NATURES lecture, Dr. Spencer will discuss the impact of sleep on cognitive function across the lifespan.

Dr. Spencer’s NATURES presentation is at 5:30 PM in the O'Connor Lecture Hall (Room 221) in the Integrated Sciences Building, 661 North Pleasant Street, on the UMass Amherst campus. A reception will follow the presentation.

NATURES, sponsored by the College of Natural Sciences, is a series of faculty presentations discussing ongoing research that has implications for everyone.

For more information about Dr. Spencer’s research, visit her lab’s website at:

Dr. Spencer talks about how she became a scientist and what has influenced the directions of her research at UMass Amherst. Watch the video now!

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 5:30pm
O'Connor Lecture Hall, Room 221, UMass Amherst...
Free and open to the public

Rebecca Spencer, Ph.D.