Sara Mednick

Sara Mednick, PhD, is a professor of cognitive science in the School of Social Sciences at University of California, Irvine (UCI) where she runs the Sleep and Cognition Lab. In the 7-bedroom sleep lab, Mednick and her team study mechanisms of the brain that vary during sleep to further understand how cognition, health and longevity is supported by this state. "I started getting into this research by just this idea of, can we get smarter?" she explained. "And then I got excited by the idea of, actually, sleep is probably the best way to get smart."

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