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WN@tL: Sleep in child development: The A to Zzzzs of building a healthy brain
September 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Speaker: Stephanie Jones
Speaker Bio: Stephanie Jones, PhD is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Sleep and Consciousness at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an Associate Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008 and a Master’s of Science in Psychology in 2006. She has a diverse research background spanning the neuroscience, physiology, and psychology of sleep. Her graduate research was focused on understanding effects of sleep loss in a long-distance migratory songbird (the white-crowned
sparrow). Her current research is broadly focused on understanding sleep’s role in cognitive and emotional function during child development. Although she is relentlessly promoting the importance of adequate sleep for health and optimal daytime function, her own sleep is habitually disrupted by a cat, a dog, a small boy and a snoring bed partner.
Description: We all know that sleep is important, but in this talk I will focus on its particular importance during child development. I will discuss how sleep changes across childhood, the role it plays in cognitive and emotional function, and in the process of neural plasticity. I will highlight some of the exciting research we’re doing here at the Wisconsin Institute for Sleep and Consciousness.