Matthew Walker, Professor

Closed (1) Influence of transcranial magnetic stimulation on memory consolidation during sleep

Applications for Fall 2017 are now closed for this project.

Sleep plays an important role in consolidation or retention of recently learned information. It is thought that the hippocampus, a brain region critical for the formation of new episodic memories, plays an important role in orchestrating memory consolidation during sleep, specifically by reactivating recently encoded memories and facilitating interactions with other brain regions to promote memory storage. In this project, we will use transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to target hippocampal function during a nap, and test the influence of TMS on memory retention and neural measures related to memory consolidation during the nap (spindle and slow wave activity measured via electroencephalography, EEG).

Undergraduate researchers will play an important role in data collection, which will involve EEG setup, administering behavioral tasks, assistance with TMS, and scheduling of participants. Undergraduates will gain a practical understanding of how research with human participants is conducted, and will practically gain experience with multiple methods commonly used in neuroscience and psychology studies (EEG, TMS, behavioral testing).


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Arielle Tambini, Post-Doc

Qualifications: The student should be well organized, able to commit to scheduling requirements, be eager and ready to learn new techniques, and detail-oriented to ensure that proper procedures and protocols are performed. Undergraduates need to have some availability during the daytime (e.g. 11am - 4pm) or evening (e.g. 6pm) during at least 1-2 weekdays. Background in neuroscience and/or psychology, as well as prior work with human subjects, are desired but not essential.

Weekly Hours: 3-6 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: UC Berkeley

Related website: http://www.humansleepscience.com