Humans spend a third of their lives sleeping, yet the functions of sleep are still not clear. Over the past 20 years, research has shown that to understand memory, one must also understand sleep. It has also revealed the breadth of sleep-dependent memory consolidation, and the importance of this consolidation to cognition at all stages of life.
Dr. Baxter’s research will study sleep-dependent memory consolidation to understand where this process occurs in the brain, identify a biomarker for this process that can be detected through non-invasive EEG, and develop an auditory stimulation that can improve memory consolidation during sleep.
This research is funded by the McKnight Brain Research Foundation through the American Brain Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Baxter is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital.