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Erin Wamsley, PH.D.

TitleInstructor in Psychiatry
InstitutionBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
AddressBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
FD-862, Psychiatry
330 Brookline Ave
Boston MA 02215

 awards and honors
2002 - 2007Graduate Teaching Fellowship
2005 - 2006Doctoral Research Award
2006 - 2008Abstract Awards for Scientific Merit
2007 - Joseph E. Barmack Dissertation Award
2008 - 2010Research Training Fellowship
2012 - Harvard Catalyst SHRINE Query Prize

Erin J. Wamsley, Ph.D., is an Instructor at Beth Israel Medical Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston, where she studies how the brain processes memories during sleep, as well as the relationship of sleep-dependent memory processing to dream experiences. Her current work explores how spatial memories are transformed during sleep, how emotion modulates sleep-dependent memory processing, and how recent experiences are expressed in dreams.

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  1. Wamsley EJ. Dreaming, waking conscious experience, and the resting brain: report of subjective experience as a tool in the cognitive neurosciences. Front Psychol. 2013; 4:637.
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  2. Wamsley EJ, Shinn AK, Tucker MA, Ono KE, McKinley SK, Ely AV, Goff DC, Stickgold R, Manoach DS. The effects of eszopiclone on sleep spindles and memory consolidation in schizophrenia: a randomized placebo-controlled trial. Sleep. 2013; 36(9):1369-76.
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  3. Wamsley EJ. Engineering sleep to discover the function of slow wave activity (Commentary on Antonenko et al.). Eur J Neurosci. 2013 Apr; 37(7):1140-1.
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  4. Mednick SC, McDevitt EA, Walsh JK, Wamsley E, Paulus M, Kanady JC, Drummond SP. The critical role of sleep spindles in hippocampal-dependent memory: a pharmacology study. J Neurosci. 2013 Mar 6; 33(10):4494-504.
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  5. Payne JD, Tucker MA, Ellenbogen JM, Wamsley EJ, Walker MP, Schacter DL, Stickgold R. Memory for semantically related and unrelated declarative information: the benefit of sleep, the cost of wake. PLoS One. 2012; 7(3):e33079.
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  6. Wamsley EJ, Tucker MA, Shinn AK, Ono KE, McKinley SK, Ely AV, Goff DC, Stickgold R, Manoach DS. Reduced sleep spindles and spindle coherence in schizophrenia: mechanisms of impaired memory consolidation? Biol Psychiatry. 2012 Jan 15; 71(2):154-61.
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  7. Wamsley EJ, Stickgold R. Memory, Sleep and Dreaming: Experiencing Consolidation. Sleep Med Clin. 2011 Mar 1; 6(1):97-108.
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  8. Wamsley EJ. Rhythms of sleep: orchestrating memory consolidation (Commentary on Clemens et al.). Eur J Neurosci. 2011 Feb; 33(3):509-10.
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  9. Wamsley EJ, Stickgold R. Dreaming and offline memory processing. Curr Biol. 2010 Dec 7; 20(23):R1010-3.
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  10. Tamminen J, Payne JD, Stickgold R, Wamsley EJ, Gaskell MG. Sleep spindle activity is associated with the integration of new memories and existing knowledge. J Neurosci. 2010 Oct 27; 30(43):14356-60.
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  11. Wamsley EJ, Tucker MA, Payne JD, Stickgold R. A brief nap is beneficial for human route-learning: The role of navigation experience and EEG spectral power. Learn Mem. 2010 Jul; 17(7):332-6.
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  12. Wamsley EJ, Tucker M, Payne JD, Benavides JA, Stickgold R. Dreaming of a learning task is associated with enhanced sleep-dependent memory consolidation. Curr Biol. 2010 May 11; 20(9):850-5.
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  13. Wamsley EJ, Perry K, Djonlagic I, Reaven LB, Stickgold R. Cognitive replay of visuomotor learning at sleep onset: temporal dynamics and relationship to task performance. Sleep. 2010 Jan; 33(1):59-68.
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  14. Manoach DS, Thakkar KN, Stroynowski E, Ely A, McKinley SK, Wamsley E, Djonlagic I, Vangel MG, Goff DC, Stickgold R. Reduced overnight consolidation of procedural learning in chronic medicated schizophrenia is related to specific sleep stages. J Psychiatr Res. 2010 Jan; 44(2):112-20.
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  15. Payne JD, Schacter DL, Propper RE, Huang LW, Wamsley EJ, Tucker MA, Walker MP, Stickgold R. The role of sleep in false memory formation. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2009 Oct; 92(3):327-34.
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  16. Wamsley EJ, Antrobus JS. The expression of trace conditioning during non-REM sleep and its relation to subjective experience. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2009 Oct; 92(3):283-91.
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  17. Wamsley, E.J. & Antrobus, J. International Journal of Dream Research. Homeostatic and Circadian Influences on Dreaming: NREM Mentation During a Daytime Nap. 2008; 2(1).
  18. Wamsley EJ, Hirota Y, Tucker MA, Smith MR, Antrobus JS. Circadian and ultradian influences on dreaming: a dual rhythm model. Brain Res Bull. 2007 Jan 9; 71(4):347-54.
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  19. Tucker MA, Hirota Y, Wamsley EJ, Lau H, Chaklader A, Fishbein W. A daytime nap containing solely non-REM sleep enhances declarative but not procedural memory. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2006 Sep; 86(2):241-7.
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  20. Smith MR, Antrobus JS, Gordon E, Tucker MA, Hirota Y, Wamsley EJ, Ross L, Doan T, Chaklader A, Emery RN. Motivation and affect in REM sleep and the mentation reporting process. Conscious Cogn. 2004 Sep; 13(3):501-11.
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