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Emma Schimke has recently been crowned the winner of the prestigious 2020 University of Queensland Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. In this webinar, Emma will expand on her PhD research which was summarised in her 3MT presentation. She will outline the role of sleep in learning and memory consolidation, with a specific focus on new word learning in healthy adults.

People are required to learn new words across the lifespan, from infancy through to older adulthood. An increased understanding of the role of sleep in word learning could help to identify the best circumstances to facilitate vocabulary acquisition in healthy adults. This could potentially lead to improved treatment approaches and outcomes for adults with language difficulties due to various pathologies, such as stroke.

About Emma Schimke: Emma graduated from The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2015 with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours). She is currently a final year PhD candidate within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Emma’s research is focused on examining the role of sleep in word learning and memory consolidation.


About 2020 HaBS Alumni Webinar Series

The HaBS Alumni Webinar series is an initiative to broadcast fascinating insights from within the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences featuring leading researchers within the faculty.