Laura Kurdziel

Academic Title

Associate Professor, Psychology

  • Sleep
  • Neuroscience
  • Emotion
  • Memory
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries 
  • Cognition

I research the neurological and behavioral functions of sleep. I particularly examine the role of sleep, and especially napping, in learning, memory and emotion, and how sleep physiology changes throughout development. My current research also exami

  • Ph.D. Neuroscience UMass Amherst
  • M.S. Animal Behavior Bucknell University
  • B.S. Zoology University of Maryland


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  • Sleep
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (Concussions)
  • Memory
  • Anxiety
  • Child Development

Mason, G.M., Kurdziel, L.B.F., & Spencer, R.M.C. (2021). The memory benefits of two naps per day during infancy: A pilot investigation. <span style

  • NIH R01 Award #1R01HD107492-01 – Consultant – Evaluation of a District-Wide Initiative to Improve School Meal Consumption and Physical Activity Levels among Elementary Students in Anchorage, Alaska (2021-202