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Rebecca Spencer PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
DepartmentCollege of Natural Sciences
AddressTobin Hall
Amherst, MA 01003
Phone4135455987
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    1. Lokhandwala S, Spencer RMC. Relations between sleep patterns early in life and brain development: A review. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2022 08; 56:101130. PMID: 35779333.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Jones BJ, Chen ME, Simoncini L, Spencer RMC. Sleep enhances reconsolidation-based strengthening of visuospatial memories. Sci Rep. 2022 05 04; 12(1):7307. PMID: 35508568.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. St Laurent CW, Andre C, Holmes JF, Fields ND, Spencer RMC. Temporal relationships between device-derived sedentary behavior, physical activity, and sleep in early childhood. Sleep. 2022 04 11; 45(4). PMID: 35022795.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Fitzroy AB, Jones BJ, Kainec KA, Seo J, Spencer RMC. Aging-Related Changes in Cortical Sources of Sleep Oscillatory Neural Activity Following Motor Learning Reflect Contributions of Cortical Thickness and Pre-sleep Functional Activity. Front Aging Neurosci. 2021; 13:787654. PMID: 35087393.
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    5. Kainec KA, Paracha AW, Ali S, Bussa R, Mantua J, Spencer R. Age-related changes in sleep-dependent novel word consolidation. Acta Psychol (Amst). 2022 Feb; 222:103478. PMID: 34954541.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. St Laurent CW, Rodheim K, Spencer RMC. A Systematic Review of the Relationships Between Physical Activity and Sleep in Early Childhood. Kinesiol Rev (Champaign). 2022; 11(2):121-137. PMID: 35873529.
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    7. Fitzroy AB, Kainec KA, Spencer RMC. Ageing-related changes in nap neuroscillatory activity are mediated and moderated by grey matter volume. Eur J Neurosci. 2021 11; 54(9):7332-7354. PMID: 34541728.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Mason GM, Kurdziel LBF, Spencer RMC. The memory benefits of two naps per day during infancy: A pilot investigation. Infant Behav Dev. 2021 11; 65:101647. PMID: 34530287.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Fitzroy AB, Kainec KA, Seo J, Spencer RMC. Encoding and consolidation of motor sequence learning in young and older adults. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2021 11; 185:107508. PMID: 34450244.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Lokhandwala S, Holmes JF, Mason GM, St Laurent CW, Delvey C, Hanron O, Andre C, Rodheim K, Kaur S, Spencer RMC. Sleep and Coping in Early Childhood During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Front Pediatr. 2021; 9:716608. PMID: 34395348.
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    11. Craft AL, Perry-Jenkins M, Herman R, Spencer RMC. Parents' Nonstandard Work and Children's Sleep: The Mediating Role of Bedtime Routines. J Pediatr Psychol. 2021 07 20; 46(6):719-728. PMID: 33674877.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Mason GM, Holmes JF, Andre C, Spencer RMC. Bedsharing in Early Childhood: Frequency, Partner Characteristics, and Relations to Sleep. J Genet Psychol. 2021 Jul-Aug; 182(4):269-288. PMID: 33988085.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Holmes JF, St Laurent CW, Spencer RMC. Unhealthy Diet Is Associated With Poor Sleep in Preschool-Aged Children. J Genet Psychol. 2021 Sep-Oct; 182(5):289-303. PMID: 33876710.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    14. Mason GM, Lokhandwala S, Riggins T, Spencer RMC. Sleep and human cognitive development. Sleep Med Rev. 2021 06; 57:101472. PMID: 33827030.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Andre CJ, Lovallo V, Spencer RMC. The effects of bed sharing on sleep: From partners to pets. Sleep Health. 2021 06; 7(3):314-323. PMID: 33436343.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Jones BJ, Spencer RMC. Role of Napping for Learning across the Lifespan. Curr Sleep Med Rep. 2020 Dec; 6(4):290-297. PMID: 33816064.
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    17. St Laurent CW, Burkart S, Rodheim K, Marcotte R, Spencer RMC. Cross-Sectional Associations of 24-Hour Sedentary Time, Physical Activity, and Sleep Duration Compositions with Sleep Quality and Habits in Preschoolers. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 09 29; 17(19). PMID: 33003598.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Jones BJ, Kaur S, Miller M, Spencer RMC. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Benefits Psychological Well-Being, Sleep Quality, and Athletic Performance in Female Collegiate Rowers. Front Psychol. 2020; 11:572980. PMID: 33071908.
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    19. Lokhandwala S, Spencer RMC. Slow wave sleep in naps supports episodic memories in early childhood. Dev Sci. 2021 03; 24(2):e13035. PMID: 32881204.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Spencer RMC. The role of naps in memory and executive functioning in early childhood. Adv Child Dev Behav. 2021; 60:139-158. PMID: 33641791.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Jones BJ, Spencer RMC. Sleep preserves subjective and sympathetic emotional response of memories. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2019 12; 166:107096. PMID: 31585163.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Hawkins M, Marcus B, Pekow P, Rosal MC, Tucker KL, Spencer RMC, Chasan-Taber L. Physical activity and sleep quality and duration among Hispanic postpartum women at risk for type 2 diabetes: Estudio PARTO. Sleep Health. 2019 10; 5(5):479-486. PMID: 31171492.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Cremone-Caira A, Root H, Harvey EA, McDermott JM, Spencer RMC. Effects of Sleep Extension on Inhibitory Control in Children With ADHD: A Pilot Study. J Atten Disord. 2020 02; 24(4):601-610. PMID: 31138037.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Helm AF, Spencer RMC. Television use and its effects on sleep in early childhood. Sleep Health. 2019 06; 5(3):241-247. PMID: 30987948.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Jones BJ, Fitzroy AB, Spencer RMC. Emotional Memory Moderates the Relationship Between Sigma Activity and Sleep-Related Improvement in Affect. Front Psychol. 2019; 10:500. PMID: 30915002.
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    26. McIsaac JD, Spencer R, Stewart M, Penney T, Brushett S, Kirk SFL. Understanding System-Level Intervention Points to Support School Food and Nutrition Policy Implementation in Nova Scotia, Canada. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 02 27; 16(5). PMID: 30818856.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Hawkins M, Marcus B, Pekow P, Rosal MC, Tucker KL, Spencer RMC, Chasan-Taber L. Physical Activity and Sleep Quality and Duration During Pregnancy Among Hispanic Women: Estudio PARTO. Behav Sleep Med. 2019 Nov-Dec; 17(6):804-817. PMID: 30252507.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. Kurdziel LBF, Kent J, Spencer RMC. Sleep-dependent enhancement of emotional memory in early childhood. Sci Rep. 2018 08 22; 8(1):12609. PMID: 30135458.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Jones BJ, Mackay A, Mantua J, Schultz KS, Spencer RMC. The role of sleep in emotional memory processing in middle age. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2018 11; 155:208-215. PMID: 30081153.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. O'Connor S, Sonni A, Karmarkar U, Spencer RMC. Naps Do Not Change Delay Discounting Behavior in Young Adults. Front Psychol. 2018; 9:921. PMID: 29988488.
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    31. Cremone A, Lugo-Candelas CI, Harvey EA, McDermott JM, Spencer RMC. Positive emotional attention bias in young children with symptoms of ADHD. Child Neuropsychol. 2018 11; 24(8):1137-1145. PMID: 29347861.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Alhassan S, Sirard JR, Kurdziel LBF, Merrigan S, Greever C, Spencer RMC. Cross-Validation of Two Accelerometers for Assessment of Physical Activity and Sedentary Time in Preschool Children. Pediatr Exerc Sci. 2017 05; 29(2):268-277. PMID: 28290759.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. Mantua J, Spencer RMC. Exploring the nap paradox: are mid-day sleep bouts a friend or foe? Sleep Med. 2017 Sep; 37:88-97. PMID: 28899546.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    34. Cremone A, Lugo-Candelas CI, Harvey EA, McDermott JM, Spencer RM. REM theta activity enhances inhibitory control in typically developing children but not children with ADHD symptoms. Exp Brain Res. 2017 05; 235(5):1491-1500. PMID: 28246970.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. Cremone A, de Jong DM, Kurdziel LBF, Desrochers P, Sayer A, LeBourgeois MK, Spencer RMC, McDermott JM. Sleep Tight, Act Right: Negative Affect, Sleep and Behavior Problems During Early Childhood. Child Dev. 2018 03; 89(2):e42-e59. PMID: 28129449.
      Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Bottary R, Sonni A, Wright D, Spencer RM. Insufficient chunk concatenation may underlie changes in sleep-dependent consolidation of motor sequence learning in older adults. Learn Mem. 2016 09; 23(9):455-9. PMID: 27531835.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    37. Cremone A, Kurdziel LBF, Fraticelli-Torres A, McDermott JM, Spencer RMC. Napping reduces emotional attention bias during early childhood. Dev Sci. 2017 07; 20(4). PMID: 27287732.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    38. Kurdziel LBF, Mantua J, Spencer RMC. Novel word learning in older adults: A role for sleep? Brain Lang. 2017 Apr; 167:106-113. PMID: 27291336.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    39. Jones BJ, Schultz KS, Adams S, Baran B, Spencer RMC. Emotional bias of sleep-dependent processing shifts from negative to positive with aging. Neurobiol Aging. 2016 09; 45:178-189. PMID: 27459938.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    40. Mantua J, Gravel N, Spencer RM. Reliability of Sleep Measures from Four Personal Health Monitoring Devices Compared to Research-Based Actigraphy and Polysomnography. Sensors (Basel). 2016 05 05; 16(5). PMID: 27164110.
      Citations: 87     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    41. de Jong DM, Cremone A, Kurdziel LB, Desrochers P, LeBourgeois MK, Sayer A, Ertel K, Spencer RM. Maternal Depressive Symptoms and Household Income in Relation to Sleep in Early Childhood. J Pediatr Psychol. 2016 Oct; 41(9):961-70. PMID: 26994853.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    42. Baran B, Mantua J, Spencer RM. Age-related Changes in the Sleep-dependent Reorganization of Declarative Memories. J Cogn Neurosci. 2016 06; 28(6):792-802. PMID: 26918588.
      Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    43. Spencer RMC, Campanella C, de Jong DM, Desrochers P, Root H, Cremone A, Kurdziel LBF. Sleep and behavior of preschool children under typical and nap-promoted conditions. Sleep Health. 2016 Mar; 2(1):35-41. PMID: 29073450.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    
    44. Desrochers PC, Kurdziel LB, Spencer RM. Delayed benefit of naps on motor learning in preschool children. Exp Brain Res. 2016 Mar; 234(3):763-72. PMID: 26645305.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    45. Mantua J, Baran B, Spencer RM. Sleep benefits consolidation of visuo-motor adaptation learning in older adults. Exp Brain Res. 2016 Feb; 234(2):587-95. PMID: 26563162.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    46. Mantua J, Spencer RM. The interactive effects of nocturnal sleep and daytime naps in relation to serum C-reactive protein. Sleep Med. 2015 Oct; 16(10):1213-6. PMID: 26429748.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    47. Mantua J, Mahan KM, Henry OS, Spencer RM. Altered sleep composition after traumatic brain injury does not affect declarative sleep-dependent memory consolidation. Front Hum Neurosci. 2015; 9:328. PMID: 26097451.
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    48. Sonni A, Spencer RMC. Sleep protects memories from interference in older adults. Neurobiol Aging. 2015 Jul; 36(7):2272-2281. PMID: 25890819.
      Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    49. Kurdziel LB, Spencer RM. Consolidation of novel word learning in native English-speaking adults. Memory. 2016; 24(4):471-81. PMID: 25768336.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    50. Kurdziel LB, Dempsey K, Zahara M, Valera E, Spencer RM. Impaired visuomotor adaptation in adults with ADHD. Exp Brain Res. 2015 Apr; 233(4):1145-53. PMID: 25567090.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    51. Sonni A, Kurdziel LB, Baran B, Spencer RM. The effects of sleep dysfunction on cognition, affect, and quality of life in individuals with cerebellar ataxia. J Clin Sleep Med. 2014 May 15; 10(5):535-43. PMID: 24812539.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    52. Pace-Schott EF, Spencer RM. Age-related changes in consolidation of perceptual and muscle-based learning of motor skills. Front Aging Neurosci. 2013; 5:83. PMID: 24348418.
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    53. Baran B, Daniels D, Spencer RM. Sleep-dependent consolidation of value-based learning. PLoS One. 2013; 8(10):e75326. PMID: 24130703.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    54. Kurdziel L, Duclos K, Spencer RM. Sleep spindles in midday naps enhance learning in preschool children. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Oct 22; 110(43):17267-72. PMID: 24062429.
      Citations: 75     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    55. Owen R, Spencer RM. Body ideals in women after viewing images of typical and healthy weight models. Body Image. 2013 Sep; 10(4):489-94. PMID: 23722050.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    56. Spencer RM. Neurophysiological Basis of Sleep's Function on Memory and Cognition. ISRN Physiol. 2013 Jan 01; 2013:619319. PMID: 24600607.
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    57. McKeon S, Pace-Schott EF, Spencer RM. Interaction of sleep and emotional content on the production of false memories. PLoS One. 2012; 7(11):e49353. PMID: 23145159.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    58. Pace-Schott EF, Verga PW, Bennett TS, Spencer RM. Sleep promotes consolidation and generalization of extinction learning in simulated exposure therapy for spider fear. J Psychiatr Res. 2012 Aug; 46(8):1036-44. PMID: 22578824.
      Citations: 41     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    59. Baran B, Pace-Schott EF, Ericson C, Spencer RM. Processing of emotional reactivity and emotional memory over sleep. J Neurosci. 2012 Jan 18; 32(3):1035-42. PMID: 22262901.
      Citations: 77     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    60. Pace-Schott EF, Nave G, Morgan A, Spencer RM. Sleep-dependent modulation of affectively guided decision-making. J Sleep Res. 2012 Feb; 21(1):30-9. PMID: 21535281.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    61. Pace-Schott EF, Spencer RM. Age-related changes in the cognitive function of sleep. Prog Brain Res. 2011; 191:75-89. PMID: 21741545.
      Citations: 71     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    62. Baran B, Wilson J, Spencer RM. REM-dependent repair of competitive memory suppression. Exp Brain Res. 2010 Jun; 203(2):471-7. PMID: 20401652.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    63. Schlerf JE, Verstynen TD, Ivry RB, Spencer RM. Evidence of a novel somatopic map in the human neocerebellum during complex actions. J Neurophysiol. 2010 Jun; 103(6):3330-6. PMID: 20393055.
      Citations: 54     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    64. Spencer RM, Karmarkar U, Ivry RB. Evaluating dedicated and intrinsic models of temporal encoding by varying context. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2009 Jul 12; 364(1525):1853-63. PMID: 19487188.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    65. Spencer RM, Ivry RB. Sequence learning is preserved in individuals with cerebellar degeneration when the movements are directly cued. J Cogn Neurosci. 2009 Jul; 21(7):1302-10. PMID: 18752399.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    66. Weber-Fox C, Spruill JE, Spencer R, Smith A. Atypical neural functions underlying phonological processing and silent rehearsal in children who stutter. Dev Sci. 2008 Mar; 11(2):321-37. PMID: 18333985.
      Citations: 39     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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