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May 2021 Virtual Event Video: The Neuroscience of Being Your Best Self with Dr. Jess Payne


We recently hosted Dr. Jess Payne, professor and internationally recognized cognitive neuroscientist and psychologist, for her insightful hourlong workshop “The Neuroscience of Being Your Best Self: What Good Sleep, Moderate Stress and Positive Emotion Can Teach Us about Living Well.”

The event examined how we can harness the brain's strengths to achieve optimal performance and wellness in three neuroscience principles: sleep, stress, and positive emotion. Payne provided simple exercises and tips to improve sleep, brain, and emotional health in each area of focus. Watch the video below to see her full presentation and the Q&A that followed.

Payne holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and the University of Notre Dame, where she is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Sleep, Stress, and Memory (SAM) Lab. Payne’s research focuses on how sleep and stress independently and interactively influence human memory, emotion, creativity, and performance. She was recently selected as the National Academy of Sciences 2021 Seymour Benzer/Sydney Brenner Lecturer. She is slated to give the public lecture on her research in Irvine, California, this spring.