Psychology and Neuroscience

Alexis Chambers

Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience


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Alexis Chambers received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2015. She joined North Central College in the fall of 2015. Her research program uses behavioral and cognitive neuroscientific (EEG) methods to study how sleep and emotion influence memory consolidation, the process that stabilizes new memories over the days, months, and years after learning. This research emphasizes memory for positive emotional events and the role of induced emotional states during this process.

Selected Scholarship

* Indicates undergraduate student

Chambers, A. M. & Kelly, G.* (2021). Changes to sleep timing during the coronavirus pandemic. Poster presented at the 2021 virtual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

Ponce, J.*, Singh, S.*, Hufnagle, J.*, Kwiecinski, I.*, Malandrino, M.*, Conradi, E.*, Higgins, M.*, & Chambers, A. M. (2019). Inducing moods to investigate the effects of sleep on emotional memory. Poster presented at the 2019 meeting of the Association Professional Sleep Societies (SLEEP), San Antonio, TX.

Chambers, A. M. (2017). The role of sleep in cognitive processing: Focusing on memory consolidation. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1433. (Top 10 most cited; WIRE, 2019)

Chambers, A. M. & Payne, J. D. (2015). The memory function of sleep: How the sleeping brain promotes learning. In A. Duarte, M. Barense, & D. R. Addis (Eds.), The WileyBlackwell Handbook on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. (Peer-reviewed)

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.

Courses Taught

NEUR 100: Introduction to Neuroscience

PSYC/NEUR 490: Sleep

PSYC 345: Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 293: Careers in Psychology

PSYC 255: Research Design and Experimentation

PSYC 250: Statistics