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. Payne uses two powerful tools to probe memory: sleep and stress. Both provide important mediums for targeting the consolidation process in humans. 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.


Your Brain on Sleep: You Need a Nap

Your Brain on Sleep: The Power of 20 Minutes

Your Brain on Sleep: Can You Catch Up on Sleep?

Kids, Sleep and Creativity


Your brain on sleep
Psychology: Finding solutions to real-life problems
REM sleep enhances emotional memories, study shows
Sleeping after processing new info most effective, new study shows
Shared interest in mind-brain connection sparks collaboration
New research shows sleep helps brain sift memories
Children’s lack of sleep can mean trouble grasping new ideas, Notre Dame research shows


Huffington Post — Sleep On It: Your Brain Never Takes a Night Off
CNN — Why missing a night of sleep can damage your IQ
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
The 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
Palm Beach Post — Afternoon Nap Might Make You Smarter
Businessweek — Sleep and Do Better
Martha Stewart Living — How Memory Works