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Courtney Kurinec, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Translational Medicine and Physiology


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA
  • Baylor University, MA
  • Baylor University, PhD

Past Academic Positions

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Department of Psychology, Washington State University, 2019-2022

Selected Publications

Kurinec CA, Stenson AR, Hinson JM, Whitney P, Van Dongen HPA. Electrodermal activity is sensitive to sleep deprivation but does not moderate the effect of total sleep deprivation on affect. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 2022;16. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2022.885302

Leman J, Kurinec C, Rowatt W. Overconfident and unaware: Intellectual humility and the calibration of metacognition. The Journal of Positive Psychology. 2021. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2021.1975155

Stenson AR, Kurinec CA, Hinson JM, Whitney P, Dongen HPAV. Total sleep deprivation reduces top-down regulation of emotion without altering bottom-up affective processing. PLOS ONE. 2021;16(9):e0256983. doi: 10.1080/20445911.2017.1329205

Kurinec CA, Whitney P, Hinson JM, Hansen DA, Van Dongen HPA. Sleep deprivation impairs binding of information with its context. Sleep. 2021;44(8):zsab113. doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsab113

Scullin MK, Kurinec CA, Nguyen K. The effects of implementation intention strategies on prospective memory cue encoding. Journal of Cognitive Psychology. 2017;29(8):929–38. doi: 10.1080/20445911.2017.1329205

Additional Information

Dr. Kurinec is part of an interdisciplinary research group that investigates how situational factors such as sleep deprivation influence cognitive performance. Her research specifically focuses on how sleep (and the lack thereof) affects individuals’ memory and learning and how these deficits to memory and learning underlie deficits observed in other cognitive abilities.

Areas of Research
Sleep deprivation, memory, decision making, metacognition and learning

Courtney Kurinec
Courtney Kurinec, PhD
Assistant Professor

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