Jessica Payne

Jessica Payne


Ph.D., University of Arizona

  • Clinical
  • Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

(574) 631-1636

Corbett Family Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556

ND Sleep, Stress and Memory Lab

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How sleep and stress influence human memory and psychological function.


Dr. Payne’s research focuses on how sleep and stress influence human memory and psychological function.

After new information is encoded into memory, it continues to be processed and transformed by a process known as consolidation. This process solidifies memories, making them resistant to interference and decay, but emerging evidence suggests that it can also change memories in ways that make them more useful and adaptive. The questions driving this line of research are, “What happens to memories over time?” and “What are the mechanisms underlying memory solidification and memory change?” Dr. Payne uses two powerful tools to probe memory - sleep and stress. Both provide important mediums for targeting the consolidation process in humans. Dr. Payne combines behavioral, pharmacological, and cognitive neuroscientific (EEG, fMRI) approaches to investigate these questions.

Another line of research examines important clinical questions, including how disturbances in sleep and stress influence memory consolidation in individuals with major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders such as PTSD, and how this, in turn, influences psychological functioning.

Recent Publications

Recent Publications

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* Author is my current or former Notre Dame graduate student
o Author is my current or former Notre Dame undergraduate student

*Kim, S.Y., & Payne, J.D. (2020). Neural correlates of sleep, stress, and selective memory consolidation. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 33, 57-64. 2018 Impact Factor: 3.990. CiteScore: 6.6.

*Kim, S.Y., Kark, S.M., Daley, R.T., +Alger, S.E., @Rebouças, D., Kensinger, E.A., & Payne,J.D. (2019). Interactive effects of stress reactivity and rapid eye movement sleep theta activity on emotional memory formation. Hippocampus, 1-13. DOI: 10.1002/hipo.23138. 2018 Impact Factor: 3.404.

oHuguet, M., Payne, J.D., *Kim, S.Y., & +Alger, S.E. (2019). Overnight Sleep Benefits Both Neutral and Negative Direct Associative and Relational Memory. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 19(6), 1391-1403. DOI: 2018 Impact Factor: 2.206.

@Vargas, I., Payne, J.D., Muench, A., Kuhlman, K.R., & Lopez-Duran, N.L. (2019). Acute Sleep Deprivation and the Selective Consolidation of Emotional Memories. Learning & Memory, 26(6), 176-181. DOI: 10.1101/lm.049312.119. 2018 Impact Factor: 2.359.

oBowman, M.A., *Cunningham, T.J., @Levin-Aspenson, H.F., @O’Rear, A.E., @Pauszek, J.R., @Ellickson-Larew, S., @Martinez, B.S., & Payne, J.D. (2019). Anxious, but not depressive, symptoms are associated with poorer prospective memory performance in healthy college students: Preliminary evidence using the tripartite model of anxiety and depression. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 41(7), 694-703. DOI: 10.1080/13803395.2019.1611741. 2018 Impact Factor: 1.958.

Bolinger, E., *Cunningham, T.J., Payne, J.D., oBowman, M.A., Bulca, E., Born, J., & Zinke, K. (2019). Sleep’s benefits to emotional processing emerge in the long term. Cortex, 120, 457-470. 2018 Impact Factor: 4.009. 

Cunningham, T.J., Leal, S.L., Yassa, M.A., & Payne, J.D. (2018). Post-encoding stress enhances mnemonic discrimination of negative stimuli. Learning & Memory, 25(12), 611-619. DOI: 2018 Impact Factor: 2.373.

+Alger, S.E., Kensinger, E.A., & Payne, J.D. (2018). Preferential consolidation of emotionally salient information during a nap is preserved in middle age. Neurobiology of Aging, 68, 34-47. 2018 Impact Factor: 4.398.

Payne, J.D., & Kensinger, E.A. (2018). Stress, sleep, and the selective consolidation of emotional memories. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 19, 36-43. DOI: 2018 Impact Factor: 3.422.

+Alger, S.E., oChen, S., & Payne, J.D. (2018). Do Different Salience Cues Compete for Dominance in Memory over a Daytime Nap? Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 160, 48-57. DOI: 2018 Impact Factor: 3.010.

*Pardilla-Delgado, E., & Payne, J.D. (2017). The impact of sleep on true and false memory across long delays. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 137, 123-133. 2017 Impact Factor: 3.244.

*Pardilla-Delgado, E., & Payne, J.D. (2017). The Deese-Roediger-McDermott (DRM) task: A simple cognitive paradigm to investigate false memories in the laboratory. JOVE-Journal of Visualized Experiments, 119, e54793. Published online, DOI: 10.3791/54793. 2017 Impact Factor: 1.184.

Chatburn, A., Kohler, M.J., Payne, J.D., & Drummond, S.P. (2017). The effects of sleep restriction and sleep deprivation in producing false memories. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 137, 107–113. DOI: 10.1016/j.nlm.2016.11.017. 2017 Impact Factor: 3.244.

**Bennion, K.A., Payne, J.D., & Kensinger, E.A. (2017). Residual effects of emotion are reflected in enhanced visual activity after sleep. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 17(2), 290-304. DOI: 10.3758/s13415-016-0479-3. 2017 Impact Factor: 2.565.

@Blaxton, J.M., Bergeman, C.S., Whitehead, B.R., Braun, M.E., & Payne, J.D. (2017). Relationships among nightly sleep quality, daily stress, and daily affect. Journals of Gerontology Series B-Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 72(3), 363-372. DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbv060. 2017 Impact Factor: 3.054.

*Pardilla-Delgado, E., +Alger, S.E., *Cunningham, T.J., oKinealy, B., & Payne, J.D. (2016). Effects of post-encoding stress on performance in the DRM false memory paradigm. Learning & Memory, 23(1), 46-50. DOI: 2016 Impact Factor: 2.894.

+Alger, S.E., & Payne, J.D. (2016). The differential effects of emotional salience on direct associative and relational memory during a nap. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 16(6), 1150-1163. DOI: 10.3758/s13415-016-0460-1. 2016 Impact Factor: 3.263.

**Bennion, K.A., Payne, J.D., & Kensinger, E.A. (2016). The impact of napping on memory for future-relevant stimuli: Prioritization among multiple salience cues. Behavioral Neuroscience, 130(3), 281-289. DOI: 2016 Impact Factor: 2.453.

Payne, J.D., Kensinger, E.A., Wamsley, E.J., Spreng, R.N.,+Alger, S.E., #Gibler, K., ... & Stickgold, R. (2015). Napping and the selective consolidation of negative aspects of scenes. Emotion, 15(2), 176-186. DOI: 10.1037/a0038683. 2015 Impact Factor: 3.082.

+Alger, S.E., *Chambers, A.M., *Cunningham, T.J., & Payne, J.D. (2015). The role of sleep in human declarative memory consolidation. Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences, 25, 269-306. DOI: 10.1007/7854_2014_341. 2015 CiteScore: 2.50.

**Bennion, K.A., Mickley Steinmetz, K.R., Kensinger, E.A., & Payne, J.D. (2015). Sleep and cortisol interact to support memory consolidation. Cerebral Cortex, 25(3), 646-657. DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bht255. 2015 Impact Factor: 8.285.

**Bennion, K.A., Payne, J.D., & Kensinger, E.A. (2015). Selective effects of sleep on emotional memory: What mechanisms are responsible? Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 1(1), 79-88. DOI: 2015 Impact Factor: Not yet ranked (2018 Impact Factor: Not yet ranked).

Payne, J.D. (2014). The (gamma) power to control our dreams. Nature Neuroscience, 17(6), 753-755. 2014 Impact Factor: 16.095.

Cunningham, T.J., Crowell, C.R., +Alger, S.E., Villano, M.A., *Mattingly, S.M., & Payne, J.D. (2014). Psychophysiological arousal at encoding leads to reduced reactivity but enhanced emotional memory following sleep. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 114, 155-164. 2014 Impact Factor: 3.652.

*Cunningham, T.J., Chambers, A.M., & Payne, J.D. (2014). Prospection and emotional memory: how expectation affects emotional memory formation following sleep and wake. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 862. 2014 Impact Factor: 2.560.

**Bennion, K.A., Steinmetz, K.R.M., Kensinger, E.A., & Payne, J.D. (2014). Eye tracking, cortisol, and a sleep vs. wake consolidation delay: Combining methods to uncover an interactive effect of sleep and cortisol on memory. JOVE-Journal of Visualized Experiments, 88, e51500. Published Online, DOI: 10.3791/51500. 2014 Impact Factor: 1.325.

*Chambers, A.M. & Payne, J.D. (2014). Neural plasticity and learning: The consequences of sleep. AIMS Neuroscience, 1(2), 150-155. DOI: 10.3934/Neuroscience.2014.2.150. 2014 CiteScore: Not yet ranked (2018 CiteScore: 1.05).

Payne, J.D. (2014). Seeing the forest through the trees. Sleep, 37(6), 1029-1030. 2014 Impact Factor: 4.591.

*Chambers, A.M., & Payne, J.D. (2014). The influence of sleep on the consolidation of positive emotional memories: Preliminary evidence. AIMS Neuroscience, 1(1), 39-51. DOI: 10.3934/Neuroscience2014.1.39. 2014 CiteScore: Not yet ranked (2018 CiteScore: 1.05).

*Chambers, A.M., & Payne, J.D. (2014). Laugh yourself to sleep: Memory consolidation for humorous information. Experimental Brain Research, 232(5), 1415-1427. DOI 10.1007/s00221-013-3779-7. 2014 Impact Factor: 2.036.

Payne, J.D., *Chambers, A.M., & Kensinger, E.A. (2012). Sleep promotes lasting changes in selective memory for emotional scenes. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 6, 108. DOI: 10.3389/fnint.2012.00108. 2012 Impact Factor: Not yet ranked (2018 Impact Factor: 2.810).

Payne, J.D., Tucker, M.A., Ellenbogen, J.M., Wamsley, E.J., Walker, M.P., Schacter, D.L., & Stickgold, R. (2012). Memory for semantically related and unrelated declarative information: The benefit of sleep, the cost of wake. PLoS ONE, 7(3), e33079. 2012 Impact Factor: 3.730.

Payne, J.D. (2011a). Sleep on it: Stabilizing and transforming memories during sleep. Nature Neuroscience, 14(3), 272-274. 2011 Impact Factor: 15.531.

Payne, J.D., & Kensinger, E.A. (2011). Sleep leads to qualitative changes in the emotional memory trace: Evidence from fMRI. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(6), 1285-1297. 2011 Impact Factor: 5.175.

Steinberger, A., Payne, J.D., & Kensinger, E.A. (2011). The effect of cognitive reappraisal on the emotional memory trade-off. Cognition & Emotion, 25(7), 1237-1245. 2011 Impact Factor: 2.522.

#Hoscheidt, S.M., Nadel, L., Payne, J.D., & Ryan, L. (2011). Hippocampal activation during retrieval of spatial context from episodic and semantic memory. Behavioural Brain Research, 212, 121-132. 2011 Impact Factor: 3.417.

Payne, J.D. (2011b). Learning, memory, and sleep in humans. Sleep Medicine Clinics, 6(1), 15-30. 2011 CiteScore: 0.75.

Payne, J.D. (2010). Memory consolidation, the diurnal rhythm of cortisol, and the nature of dreams:  A new hypothesis. International Review of Neurobiology, 92, 101-136. 2010 Impact Factor: 2.183.

#Tamminen, J., Payne, J.D., Stickgold, R., Wamsley, E.M., & Gaskell, M. (2010). Sleep spindle activity is associated with the integration of new memories and existing knowledge. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(43), 14356-14360. 2010 Impact Factor: 7.271.

Waring, J.D., Payne, J.D., Schacter, D.L., & Kensinger, E.A. (2010). Impact of individual differences upon emotion-induced memory trade-offs. Cognition & Emotion, 24, 150-167. 2010 Impact Factor: 2.083.

Payne, J.D., & Kensinger, E.A. (2010). Sleep’s role in the consolidation of emotional episodic memories. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19(5), 290-295. 2010 Impact Factor: 3.490.

Wamsley, E.J., Tucker, M.A., Payne, J.D., & Stickgold, R. (2010). A brief nap is beneficial for human route learning: the role of initial skill level and EEG spectral power. Learning & Memory, 17, 332-336. 2010 Impact Factor: 4.607.

Wamsley, E.J., Tucker, M.A., Payne, J.D., & Stickgold, R. (2010). Dreaming of a learning task is associated with enhanced sleep-dependent memory consolidation. Current Biology, 20(9), 850-855. 2010 Impact Factor: 10.026.