Sleep Loss and Memory Research Sleep is a basic feature in life that every human needs to survive. Without sleep, we wouldn’t be able to function properly. Sleep plays an important role in our lives that it even affects memory the less hours you sleep.
To summarize the article, it basically talks about people not getting the recommended amount of sleep and facing struggles with their memory. Sleep deprivation affects the brain so that a person cannot remember recent events clearly. With enough sleep, researchers have found that people are able to remember things much clearly. It also mentions that sleep deprived people tend to remember false memories. The researchers in the experiment wanted to investigate whether pulling an allnighter would increase the likelihood of forming false memories. During the experiment, 104 collegeaged participants were gathered late at night were assigned into one of four groups. Two groups were presented a series of photos showing a crime being committed. One group was then allowed to go to sleep, while the other group had to stay up all night. The other two groups did things in the reverse order. They either slept or stayed awake all night and then viewed the crime photos in the morning. During the second part of the experiment, the students had to read narratives with statements about the pictures that were being shown. It would make a statement, but it wasn’t exactly what happened. After the experiment, the researchers found that the students who were sleep deprived were more likely to report the false details from the narratives. The students who
were shown the photos before staying up all night were no more likely to false memories than those who were allowed to sleep.
If were to complete this experiment, I wouldn’t change the way they performed the experiment. ...
Cited: "Sleep Deprivation May Increase Susceptibility to False Memories."Association for Psychological
Science RSS. Association for Psychological Science, 23 July 2014. Web. 19 Oct. 2014.
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