psych - Jon Wells Psych 101-Kellogg 11/20/2010 Sleeps Role...

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Jon Wells Psych 101-Kellogg 11/20/2010 Sleep’s Role in Emotional Memories In a recent study done by two professors, Elizabeth Kensinger from Boston College University, and Jessica Payne from The University of Notre Dame, concluded that sleep plays a large role in what types of emotions we perceive the day, and what memories we retain. The events we care most about remembering are often accompanied by an emotional response, including cognitive physiological, and somatic reactions. It was once believed that sleep and the emotional memories that were conceived had no relationship with one another, but stronger evidence able to pinpoint an influence of emotion from both different lengths of REM sleep and deep sleep cycles have been recently discovered. Although in patients with damage to the amygdala, these effects of sleep and time do not emerge. Patients also show no exaggerated effect of emotional arousal on memories assessed after a long delay as compared to a short one. This information suggests that the interactions between the amygdala and the hippocampus
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2011 for the course PSYCH 101 taught by Professor Sabin during the Spring '09 term at Saint Louis.

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