Janna Mantua

Janna Mantua

Amherst, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Doctoral Candidate


Published on Feb 17, 2015

Core Temperature

When we warm skin, we have to make sure that core temperature is not affected (it shouldn't be affected when we raise temperature by only a degree or so -- but we need to confirm because... you kno...

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Published on Feb 17, 2015

Thank you!

It has been a long journey but my second attempt at funding this project has been successful! I am happy to say that, given these imminent funds, I have just made the final purchase that will be ne...

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Published on Feb 15, 2015

Sleeping and dreams!

If you have 10 minutes to spare, you can learn something about sleep stages, the basics of sleep, and even dreams! And you can always send me a message if you want to know more!Spoiler alert: I did...

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Published on Feb 13, 2015

How do we measure sleep?

I stumbled into lab today to see Nick (our Lab Manager) teaching some undergraduate research assistants about electrode placement. We use electrodes to measure muscle tone, eye movements, and brain...

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Published on Dec 18, 2014

We are under way!

After receiving IRB approval, we are sending out orders for the equipment that we currently have funding for! This is an exciting step, and I'm happy to see it happening after months of preparation...

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Published on Nov 28, 2014

IRB Approval!

A huge obstacle -- IRB approval -- is around the corner! Our "Full Board" IRB pre-review has requested only minimal clarifications and amendments (e.g., increase font size on the consent form, add ...

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My sleep brain waves should be friends with your ERPs. Just sayin'
Feb 26, 2015
The brain patterns of emotion processing in preschoolers
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The most romantic Valentine's day gift I can provide -- the gift of science :)
Feb 14, 2015
The brain patterns of emotion processing in preschoolers
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Hi Julie, thanks so much for your support. I hear often from those with sleep issues that they feel forgetful, yet they have no memory issues "on paper." Are you currently on apnea treatment? Before entering grad school, I was studying the link between cognitive decline and sleep apnea. It's still unclear whether sleep apnea is a direct cause for forgetfulness, but I can definitely say that apnea treatment is beneficial for maintaining cognitive functioning. Anyway, I personally do not have a plan for making this technology affordable, but a few colleagues in neighboring departments at UMass do. Hopefully we can put our heads together and come up with a prototype -- but the research must come first! Feel free to keep in touch with any sleep questions, and thank you again :)
Nov 30, 2014
Warming skin to improve memory
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Good luck! :)
Nov 23, 2014
Same Love: the hormonal love story of homosexual and heterosexual attraction
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