Insufficient Sleep, Circadian Misalignment, and Cognitive Performance

Faculty Name:
Christopher Depner

Department:
Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation

Faculty College:
Health

Email:
christopher.depner@utah.edu


Project Description:

The goal of this new study is to better understand the cognitive and performance decrements associated with poor sleep and circadian health, and to understand how much recovery sleep is needed to restore optimal cognitive performance in adults with habitual insufficient sleep. We will also use metabolomics to understand potential mechanisms associated with cognitive performance and to develop biomarkers that can identify individuals most susceptible to insufficient sleep.



Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; This is a paid research position; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis or Senior Thesis; Earn independent study credit


Student Role:

Recruitment, design new cognitive tests, learn coding, analyze sleep and cognitive data, run in-laboratory studies, score polysomnography data, real-world sleep monitoring.


Student Benefits:

Learn to conduct human clinical translational research studies, great clinical research experience, opportunity to design your own cognitive tests, team environment


Project Duration:

Minimum requirement is 6 months and 5-10 hours per week, with no upper limit


Minimum Requirements:

An interest in learning sleep and circadian physiology and conduction robust human sleep research studies