Student Projects

Below we have listed some recent projects that students have been able to undertake in our lab under the supervision of Dr. McNamara.

  • Abrams, E., & McNamara, P. (2009). Overgeneral memories are more frequent after REM than NREM sleep awakenings. Poster presented October 16, 2009 at the UROP Symposium at Boston University, Boston, MA.
  • Beauharnais, C., & McNamara, P. (2008). Emotional memory processing in REM and NREM sleep states. Poster presented October 17, 2008 at the UROP Symposium at Boston University, Boston, MA.
  • McNamara, P., Ayala, R., Minsky, A. (2014). REM sleep, dreams, and attachment themes across a single night of sleep: A pilot study. Dreaming, 24(4), 290-308.
  • McNamara, P., Kookoolis, A., Warwick, N., & Van Doren, V. (2008). The human ecology of sleep: cross-cultural co-sleeping and childcare patterns. Poster presented April 8, 2008 at the 77th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Columbus, OH.
  • Patricia Johnson- Johnson, P., & McNamara, P. (2007). Access to social action scripts in Parkinson’s Disease: Relation to side of onset. Poster presented October 19, 2007 at the UROP Symposium at Boston University, Boston, MA.
  • Sarah Varghese- McNamara, P., Varghese, S., Harris, E., & Durso, R. (2007). Distressing dreams and nightmares in non-demented Parkinsonian patients is associated with reduced slow wave sleep and frontal dysfunction. Poster presented June 12, 2007 at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC.
  • Manish Ramani- McNamara, P., Ramani, M., Harris, E., & Durso, R. (2007). Emotion recognition and theory of mind abilities in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Poster presented March 2, 2007 at The New England Science Symposium, Boston, MA.
  • Patricia Johnson and Jocelyn Sarmiento- McNamara, P., Durso, R., Harris, E., Johnson, P., & Sarmiento, J. (2007). Procedural and conversational discourse skills in Parkinson’s disease: Relation to side of onset. Poster presented May 1, 2007 at the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, Boston, MA.
  • Noelle Ebel- Sleep Spindle Activity in Non-REM and Its Relation to Procedural Memory in Parkinson’s Disease, 2007
  • Manish Ramani- Theory of Mind Impairments in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease: Relation to Frontal Function, 2007
  • Priti Nath- Personality in Parkinson’s Disease, 2005
  • Justin Gan- The Relationship of Sleep States to Suicide, 2003
  • Emily Benson- Pain in Memory, 2002
    McNamara, P., Benson, E., McGeeney, B., Brown, A., & Albert, M. (2005). Modes of remembering in patients with chronic pain: Relation to current pain. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 193(1), 53-57.
  • Jayme Dowdall- REM Sleep and Attachment, 2001
    McNamara, P., Dowdall, J., & Auerbach, S. (2002). REM sleep, early experience, and the development of reproductive strategies. Human Nature, 13(4), 405-435.
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