Jessica Payne

Jessica Payne

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Associate Professor, Nancy O'Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology

Office: 122-B Haggar Hall
Phone: 574-631-1636

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Areas of Expertise

The impact of sleep, stress, memory

Payne’s research focuses on how sleep impacts memory, creativity and the ability to process new ideas — in particular, how new information is processed and transformed by a process known as consolidation, which solidifies memories. Dr. Payne uses two powerful tools to probe memory – sleep and stress. Both provide important mediums for targeting the consolidation process in humans. Dr. Payne combines behavioral, pharmacological and cognitive neuroscientific (EEG, MRI) approaches to investigate these questions. Another line of research examines how disturbances in sleep and stress influence memory consolidation in people with major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders such as post traumatic stress disorder, and how this, in turn, influences psychological functioning.


Kids, Sleep and Creativity


Psychology: Finding solutions to real-life problems

Sleeping after processing new info most effective, new study shows

REM sleep enhances emotional memories, study shows

Children’s lack of sleep can mean trouble grasping new ideas, Notre Dame research shows

New research shows sleep helps brain sift memories

Shared interest in mind-brain connection sparks collaboration


Inc.—Got Sleep? 20 More Minutes Boosts Your Brain Power

Associated Press—Schools that start later in the day boost student health and learning, study says

New York Times—To Keep Teenagers Alert, Schools Let Them Sleep In

Huffington Post—Lack of Care About Sleep Derails Us All

Forbes—Get Horizontal: 20 More Minutes Sleep Boosts Your Brain Power

Daily Mail—Wake-up call for teachers: Nodding off in class could actually be the best way to learn

LiveScience—Night Owls More Likely to Experience Nightmares

Businessweek—What Neuroscience Can Teach Leaders

National Geographic—Sleep Cherry-picks Memories, Boosts Cleverness