Mechanisms and Enhancement of Learning During Sleep (epilepsy patients)

A growing body of research supports the importance of sleep to learning. We are seeking to deepen our understanding of how sleep may strengthen memories, with the ultimate goal of developing methods to enhance memory function in healthy people and patients with epilepsy.

We are currently seeking epilepsy patients to participate in a sleep and memory study. Subjects will be asked to sleep at the NY Sleep Institute, located at 724 E. 2nd Ave (between 38th and 39th Streets). Subjects will complete several questionnaires, participate in memory testing and undergo an EEG. The following day, subjects may be asked to undergo an fMRI.

We are seeking epilepsy patients with a diagnosis of well-controlled partial epilepsy who are between the ages of 18-35 years old, and fluent in English. Subjects may not have ongoing nighttime seizures or generalized epilepsy, a sleep disorder, or current use of a psychoactive medication (such as an anti-depressant or a stimulant). Subjects must not have travelled across time zones or engaged in night-shift work for 1 month prior to participation.

Subjects will be compensated $10 per hour for participation.

For more information, please contact: Anli A. Liu MD MA anli.liu@nyumc.org or Ashlie Jefferson at aj1141@nyu.edu (ph) 646-558-0876.