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  • Zavecz Z, Shah VD, Murillo OG, Vallat R, Mander BA, Winer JR, Jagust WJ, Walker MP. NREM sleep as a novel protective cognitive reserve factor in the face of Alzheimer's disease pathology. BMC medicine. (2023) Dec ;21(1):1-2.

  • Vallat R, Shah VD, Walker MP. Coordinated human sleeping brainwaves map peripheral body glucose homeostasis. Cell Reports Medicine. (2023) Jul ;4(7).

  • Krause AJ, Vallat R, Simon EB, Walker MP. Sleep Loss Influences the Interconnected Brain-Body Regulation of Cardiovascular Function in Humans. Psychosomatic Medicine. (2023) Jan ;85(1):34-41.

  • Simon EB, Vallat R, Rossi A, Walker MP. Sleep loss leads to the withdrawal of human helping across individuals, groups, and large-scale societies. PLoS biology. (2022) Aug; 20(8):e3001733.

  • Tsereteli N, Vallat R, Fernandex-Tajes J, Delahanty LM, Ordovas JM, Drew DA, Valdes AM, Segata N, Chan AT, Wolf J, Berry SE, Walker MP, Spector TD, Franks PW. Impact of insufficient sleep on dysregulated blood glucose control under standardised meal conditions. Diabetologia. (2022) Feb; 65(2):356-365.

  • Vallat R, Walker MP. An open-source, high-performance tool for automated sleep staging. Elife. (2021) Oct; 10:e70092.

  • Winer, JR, Morehouse A, Fenton L, Harrison TM, Ayangma L, Reed M, Kumar S, Baker SL, Jagust WJ, Walker MP. Tau and ß-amyloid burden predict actigraphy-measured and self-reported impairment and misperception of human sleep. Journal of Neuroscience. (2021) Sept; 41(36):7687-7696.

  • Walker MP. Sleep essentialism. Brain. (2021) Mar; 144(3):697-699.

  • Winer JR, Mander BA, Kumar S, Reed M, Baker SL, Jagust WJ, Walker MP. Sleep disturbances forecasts ß-amyloid accumulation across subsequent years. Current Biology. (2020) Nov; 30(21):4291-4298.

  • Lendner JD, Helfrich, RF, Mander BA, Romundstad L, Lin JJ, Walker MP, Larsson PG, Knight RT. An electrophyiological marker of arousal level in humans. Elife. (2020) Jul 28; 9:e55092.

  • Vallat R, shah VD, Redline S, Attia P, Walker MP. Broken sleep predicts hardened blood vessels. PLoS Biology. (2020) Jun; 18(6):e3000726.

  • Simon EB, Vallat R, Barnes, CM, Walker MP. Sleep loss and the socio-emotional  brain. Trends in Cog Sci. (2020) Jun; 24(6):435-450.

  • Simon EB, Rossi A, Harvey AG, Walker MP. Overanxious and underslept. Nature Human Behavior. (2019) Nov; 4(1):100-110. Erratum (2020) in Nature Human Behavior, 4(12):1321.

  • Winer JR, Mander BA, Helfrich RF, Maass A, Marrison TM, baker SL, Knight RT, Jagust WJ, Walker MP. Sleep as a potential biomarker of tau and beta-amyloid in the human brain. Journal of Neuroscience. (2019) Aug; 39(32):6315-6124.

  • Krause AJ, Prather AA, Wager TD, Lindquist MA, Walker MP. The pain of sleep loss: A brain characterization in humans. Journal of Neuroscience. (2019) Mar; 39(12):2291-2300.

  • Helfrich RF, Lendner JD, Mander BA, Guillen H, Paff M, Mnatsakanyan L,Vadera S, Walker MP, Lin JJ, Knight RT. Bidirectional prefrontal-hippocampal dynnamics organize information transfer during sleep in humans. Nature Communications. (2019) Aug; 10(1):3572.

  • Simon EB, Walker MP. Sleep loss causes social withdrawal and loneliness. Nature Communications. (2018) Aug; 9:3146. 


  • Krause AJ, Simon EB, Mander BA, Greer SM, Saletin JM, Goldstein-Piekarski AN, Walker MP. The sleep-deprived human brain. Nature Reviews Neuroscience. (2017) Jul;18(7): 404-418.

  • Soehner AM, Kaplan KA, Saletin JM, Talbot LS, Hairston IS, Gruber J, Eidelman P, Walker MP, Harvey AG. You'll feel better in the morning: Slow wave activity and overnight mood regulation in interepisode bipolar disorder. Psychol Med. (2017) Jun 19:1-12.

  • Mander BA, Winer JR, Walker MP. Sleep and Human Aging. Neuron. (2017) Apr 5; 94(1): 19-36. 

  • Asarnow LD, Greer SM, Walker MP, Harvey AG. The Impact of Sleep Improvement on Food Choices in Adolescents With Late Bedtimes. J Adolesc Health. (2017) May; 60(5): 570-576.

  • Mander BA, Winer JR, Jagust WJ, and Walker MP.  Sleep: A Novel Mechanistic Pathway, Biomarker, and Treatment Target in the Pathology of Alzheimer's Disease? Trends in Neuroscience. (2016). 39:552-566.

  • Walker MP, Stickgold R. Understanding the boundary conditions of memory reconsolidation. PNAS. (2016). 113(28):E3991-2

  • Saletin JM, Goldstein-Piekarski AN, Greer SM, Stark S, Stark CE, Walker MP. Human Hippocampal Structure: A Novel Biomarker Predicting Mnemonic Vulnerability to, and Recovery from, Sleep Deprivation. Journal of Neuroscience. (2016) Feb 24;36(8):2355-63.

  • Walker MP, Robertson EM. Memory Processing: Ripples in the Resting Brain. Current Biology. (2016). 26(6):R239-41.

  • Greer SM, Goldstein AN, Knutson B, Walker MP. A Genetic Polymorphism of the Human Dopamine Transporter Determines the Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Brain Responses to Rewards and Punishments. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. (2016) Jun;28(6):803-10.

  • Wassing R, Benjamins JS, Dekker K, Moens S, Spiegelhalder K, Feige B, Riemann D, van der Sluis S, Van Der Werf YD, Talamini LM, Walker MP, Schalkwijk F, Van Someren EJ. Slow dissolving of emotional distress contributes to hyperarousal. PNAS. (2016) 1;113(9):2538-43. 

  • Mander BA, Marks SM, Vogel JW, Rao V, Lu B, Saletin JM, Ancoli-Israel S, Jagust WJ, Walker MP. ß-amyloid disrupts human NREM slow waves and related hippocampus-dependent memory consolidation. Nature Neuroscience. (2015). 18(7):1051-7.

  • Goldstein-Piekarski AN, Greer SM, Saletin JM, Walker MP. Sleep Deprivation Impairs the Human Central and Peripheral Nervous System Discrimination of Social Threat. Journal of Neuroscience. (2015). 35(28):10135-45. 

  • van Rijn E, Eichenlaub JB, Lewis PA, Walker MP, Gaskell MG, Malinowski JE, Blagrove M. The dream-lag effect: Selective processing of personally significant events during Rapid Eye Movement sleep, but not during Slow Wave Sleep. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. (2015) Jul; 122:98-109.

  • Harvey AG, Lee J, Williams J, Hollon SD, Walker MP, Thompson MA, Smith R. Improving Outcome of Psychosocial Treatments by Enhancing Memory and Learning. Perspect Psychol Sci. (2014) Mar; 9(2):161-179.

  • Goldstein AN, Walker MP. The role of sleep in emotional brain function. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology. (2014). 10:679-708

  • Astill RG, Piantoni G, Raymann RJ, Vis JC, Coppens JE, Walker MP, Stickgold R, Van Der Werf YD, Van Someren EJ. Sleep spindle and slow wave frequency reflect motor skill performance in primary school-age children. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. (2014). 11;8:910 

  • Mander BA, Rao V, Lu B, Saletin JM, Ancoli-Israel S, Jagust WJ, Walker MP. Impaired prefrontal sleep spindle regulation of hippocampal-dependent learning in older adults. Cerebral Cortex. (2014). 24(12):3301-9

  • Abel T, Hevekes R, Saletin JM, Walker MP. Sleep, plasticity and memory from molecules to whole-brain networks. Current Biology. (2013) Sept; 9;23(17):R774-88.


  • Saletin JM, van der Helm E, Walker MP. Structural brain correlates of human sleep oscillations. Neuroimage. (2013). 83:658-68

  • Greer SM, Goldstein AN, Walker MP. The impact of sleep deprivation on food desire in the human brain. Nature Communications. (2013). 4:2259-2263

  • Drummond SP, Walker MP, Almklov E, Campos M, Anderson DE, et al. Neural correlates of working memory performance in primary insomnia. Sleep. (2013). 36:1307-1316.

  • Goldstein AN, Greer SM, Saletin JM, Harvey AG, Nitschke JB, Walker MP. Tired and apprehensive: Anxiety amplifies the impact of sleep loss on aversive brain anticipation. Journal of Neuroscience. (2013). 33:10607-10615.

  • Mander BA, Rao V, Lu B, Saletin JM, Lindquist JR, Ancoli-Israel S, Jagust W, Walker MP. Prefrontal atrophy, disrupted NREM slow waves and impaired hippocampal-dependent memory in aging. Nature Neuroscience. (2013) Jan; 16:357-364.

  • Saletin JM, Walker MP. Nocturnal mnemonics: sleep and hippocampal memory processing. Frontiers in Neurology. (2012) May; 3:59.

  • Payne JD, Tucker MA, Ellenbogen JM, Wamsley EJ, Walker MP, Schacter DL, Stickgold R. Memory for semantically related and unrelated declarative information: the benefit of sleep, the cost of wake. PLoS ONE. (2012) Mar; 7:e33079.

  • Stickgold R, Walker  MP.  Sleep-dependent memory triage: Evolving generalization through selective processing. Nature Neuroscience. (2013); 16:139-145.

  • van der Helm E, Yao J, Dutt S, Rao V, Saletin JM & Walker MP. REM Sleep Depotentiates Amygdala Activity to Previous Emotional Experiences. Current Biology(2011) Dec; 21(23):1-4. 

  • Saletin, JM, Goldstein, AN and Walker MP. The role of sleep in directed forgetting and remembering of human memories. Cerebral Cortex. (2011) Nov; 21(11):2534-2541.

  • van der Helm E, Nishida M, Gujar N & Walker MP. Sleep-Dependent Facilitation of Episodic Memory Details. PLoS ONE. (2011) Nov; 6(11):e27421.

  • Mander, B., Santhanam, S. & Walker MP. Wake deterioration and sleep restoration of human learning. Current Biology. (2011) 21(5):183-4.

  • Gujar, N., Hu, P.T., Yoo, S.S. & Walker MP. Sleep deprivation amplifies reactivity of brain reward networks, biasing the appraisal of positive emotional experiences. Journal of Neuroscience. (2011) Mar; 31(12):4466-4474.

  • Blagrove M, Seddon J, George S, Parrott AC, Stickgold R, Walker MP, Jones KA, Morgan MJ Procedural and declarative memory task performance, and the memory consolidation function of sleep, in recent and abstinent ecstasy/MDMA users. Journal of Psychopharmacology. (2011) Jul; 25(4):465-77.

  • Walker MP. Sleep, memory and emotion. Progress in Brain Research. (2010). 185:49-68.

  • Lewis, P.A., Couch, T.J. & Walker MP. Keeping time in your sleep: overnight consolidation of temporal rhythm. Neuropsychologia. (2011) Jan; 49(1):115-123.

  • Walker MP. In sleep lost, emotions become unrecognized. Behavioral Sleep Medicine. (2011) Jan; 9:15-17.

  • van der Helm, E. & Walker, M.P. Sleep and Emotional Memory Processing. Sleep Medicine Clinics. (2011) Mar; 6(1):31-43.

  • Gujar, N., McDonald, S., Nishida, M., & Walker MP.  A role for REM sleep in recalibrating the sensitivity of the human brain to specific emotions. Cerebral Cortex. (2010) Jan; 21(1):115-123.

  • Walker MP, & Harvey, A. G. Obligate symbiosis: Sleep and Affect. Sleep Medicine Reviews. (2010) Aug; 14(4):215-217.

  • Walker MP, & Stickgold, R. Overnight alchemy: sleep-dependent memory evolution. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, (2010) Mar; 11(3), 218.

  • van der Helm, E., Gujar, N., Watts, C., & Walker MP. Sleep deprivation impairs the accurate recognition of human emotions. Sleep, (2010) Mar; 33(3):335-342.

  • Walker MP. REM, dreams and emotional brain homeostasis. Frontiers in Neuroscience. (2010) Dec; 3(3): 442-443.

  • Gujar N, Hu P, Yoo S-S, & Walker MP. The un-rested resting brain: Sleep-deprivation as a state of aberrant default-mode activity. Journal of Cognitive Neurosci. (2010). 22(8):1637-1648.


  • Nishida, M., Pearsall, J., Buckner, R. L., & Walker MP. Prefrontal theta during REM sleep enhances emotional memory. Cereb Cortex. (2009). 19:1158-1166

  • Walker MP. The role of sleep in cognition and emotion. Ann N Y Acad Sci. (2009). 1156:168-197.

  • Payne, J.D., Propper, R., Schacter, D.L, Walker MP, Stickgold, R. Sleep to get the gist: Sleep-dependent enhancement of false memories. Neurobiol Learn Mem. (2009). 92:327-334.

  • Walker MP & van der Helm E, Overnight Therapy? The role of sleep in emotional brain processing. Psychological Bulletin. (2009). 135:731-748.

  • Walker MP. The role of slow-wave sleep in memory processing. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. (2009). 5:S20-26.

  • Walker MP. Sleep-dependent memory integration. Fronters in Neurosci. (2010). 3, 3.

  • Pace-Schott, E F, Morgan, P T, Malison, R T, Hart, C L, Edgar, C, Walker, MP, Stickgold, R. Cocaine Users Differ from Normals on Cognitive Tasks Which Show Poorer Performance During Drug Abstinence. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, (2008) 34:109-121.

  • Payne JD & Walker MP. Is Slow-Wave Sleep important? Insomnia & its Optimized Management. (2008). 10:3-10.

  • Walker MP. Cognitive consequences of sleep and sleep loss. Sleep Med. (2008). 9:S29-34.

  • Walker MP. Sleep-dependent memory processing. Harvard Review of Psychiatry. (2008). 16(5):287-298.

  • Yoo S-S, Hu, P, Gujar, N, Jolesz, FA, Walker MP. A deficit in the ability to form new human memories without sleep. Nature Neuroscience: (2007). 10:385-392.

  • Nishida M, Walker MP. Daytime naps, motor memory consolidation and regionally specific sleep spindles. PLoS ONE. (2007). 2:e341

  • Ellenbogen J, Hu P, Payne JD, Titone D. Walker MP. Human relational memory requires time and sleep. PNAS. (2007). 104:7723-7728.

  • Stickgold R & Walker MP. Sleep-dependent memory consolidation and reconsolidation. Sleep Med. (2007). 8(4):331-343.

  • Yoo S-S, Gujar N, Hu, P, Jolesz, FA, Walker MP. The human emotional brain without sleep: A prefrontal-amygdala disconnect. Current Biology. (2007). 17:R877-879.

  • Walker MP & Stickgold R. Sleep, Memory and Plasticity. Annu Rev Psychol. (2006). 10:139-166.

  • Hu P, Stylos M, Walker MP. Sleep facilitates consolidation of emotional declarative memories. Psychol Sci(2006). 17(10):891-898

  • Walker MP, Stickgold R, Alsop D, Gaab N, Schlaug G. Sleep-dependent motor memory plasticity in the human brain. Neuroscience. (2005). 133(4):911-917.

  • Walker MP.  A refined model of sleep and the time course of memory formation. Behavioral & Brain Science. (2005). 28(1):51-64.

  • Walker MP & Stickgold R. It’s practice, with sleep, that makes perfect: Implications of sleep-dependent learning and plasticity for skill performance. Clinics in Sports Medicine. (2005). 24(2):301-17.

  • Walker MP.  Past, present and the future: discussions surround a new model of sleep-dependent learning and memory processing. Behavioral & Brain Science. (2005). 28(1):64-104.

  • Stickgold R. & Walker MP. Sleep and Memory: The ongoing debate: Sleep. (2005). 28(10):1225-1231.

  • Pace-Schott EF, Stickgold R, Muzur A, Wigren P, Ward AS, Hart CD, Walker MP, Edgar C & Hobson JA. Cognitive Performance by Humans During a Smoked Cocaine Binge-Abstinence Cycle. American Journal of Drug & Alcohol Abuse. (2005). 31:571-591.

  • Walker MP & Stickgold R. Memory consolidation and reconsolidation: What is the role of sleep? Trends in Neuroscience. (2005). 28(8):408-415.

  • Walker MP, Stickgold R, Jolesz, FA, Yoo S-S. The functional anatomy of sleep-dependent visual skill learning. Cerebral Cortex. (2005). 15:1666-1675.


  • Gaab N, Paetzold M, Becker M, Walker MP, Schlaug G. The influence of sleep on auditory learning - A behavioral study. Neuroreport. (2004). 15:731-734.

  • Walker MP. Issues surrounding sleep-dependent memory consolidation and plasticity. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences. (2004). 61:3009–3015

  • Kuriyama K, Stickgold R, Walker MP. Sleep-dependent learning and motor skill complexity. Learning & Memory. (2004). 11:705–713

  • Walker MP, Stickgold R. Sleep-dependent learning and memory consolidation. Neuron. (2004). 44:121–133.

  • Walker MP, Brakefield T, Hobson JA, Stickgold R. Sleep and the time course of motor skill learning. Learning & Memory. (2003). 10(4):275-284.

  • Walker MP, Brakefield T, Hobson JA, Stickgold R. Dissociable stages of human memory consolidation and reconsolidation. Nature (2003). 425(6958):616-20.

  • Stickgold R, Fosse R, Walker MP. Linking brain and behavior in sleep-dependent learning and memory consolidation. PNAS. (2002). 99(26):16519-21.

  • Walker MP, Liston C, Hobson JA, Stickgold R. Cognitive flexibility across the sleep-wake cycle: REM-sleep enhancement of anagram problem solving. Cognitive Brain Research (2002). 14(3):317-24.

  • Walker MP, Brakefield T, Morgan A, Hobson JA, Stickgold R.  Practice then sleep makes perfect: sleep dependent motor skill learning. Neuron (2002). 35(1):205-11.

  • Singleton AB, Wharton A, O'Brien KK, Walker MP, McKeith IG, Ballard CG, O'Brien J, Perry RH, Ince PG, Edwardson JA, Morris CM. Clinical and neuropathological correlates of apolipoprotein E genotype in dementia with Lewy bodies. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders (2002). 14(4):167-175.

  • Ballard C, O'Brien J, Gray A, Cormack F, Ayre G, Rowan E, Thompson P, McKeith I, Walker MP, Tovee M. Attention and fluctuating attention in patients with dementia with Lewy bodies and Alzheimer disease. Archives of Neurology (2001). 58(6):977-82.             

  • Walker MP, O'Brien J, Rowan E, McKeith I, Ballard CG. The characterisation and impact of 'fluctuating' cognition in dementia with Lewy bodies and Alzheimer's disease. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. (2001). 16(5):494-8.

  • Walker MP, Ayre GA, Cummings JL, Wesnes K, McKeith IG, O’Brien JT, Ballard CG. The clinician fluctuation assessment and the fluctuation assessment scale: The concurrent validity of two methods to assess fluctuating confusion in dementia. British Journal of Psychiatry. (2000). 117:252-256.

  • Walker MP, Ayre GA, Cummings JL, Wesnes K, McKeith IG, O’Brien JT, Ballard CG. Quantifying fluctuation in dementia with Lewy bodies, Alzheimer's disease and Vascular dementia. Neurology (2000). 54(8):1616-25.

  • Walker MP, Ayre GA, Perry EK, Wesnes K, McKeith IG, Tovee M, Edwardson JA, Ballard CG. Quantification and characterization of fluctuating cognition in dementia with Lewy bodies and Alzheimer's disease. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders. (2000). 11(6):327-35.

  • Grace J, Walker MP, McKeith IG. A comparison of sleep profiles in patients with DLB and AD. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. (2000). 15(11):1028-33.

  • Walker MP, Hobson JA. Neuroimaging and the sleeping brain. Neuron. (2000). 28(3):629–631

  • Walker MP, Ayre GA, Ashton CH, Marsh VR, Wesnes K, Perry EK, O'Brien JT, McKeith IG, Ballard CG.  A Psychophysiological investigation of fluctuating consciousness in neurodegenerative dementia. Human Psychopharmacology. (1999). 14:483-489.

  • Perry EK, Walker MP, Grace J, Perry R. Acetylcholine in mind: A neurotransmitter correlate of consciousness. Trends in Neuroscience. (1999). 22:273-280.

  • Walker MP, Ballard C. Dementia with Lewy bodies. Central Nervous System. (1998). 47:1113-1124.

  • Starkey SJ, Walker MP, Beresford IJ, Hagan RM. Modulation of the rat suprachiasmatic circadian clock by melatonin in vitro. Neuroreport. (1995). 26 (14):1947-51.

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