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Psychology Final Paper - Sleep Deprivation and its Effects...

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Sleep Deprivation and its Effects on Memory Dean Search Intro to Psychology Final Paper 14 December 2010
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2 Sleep is an integral part to one’s ability to learn and encode information into their memory . When one does not receive the proper amount of sleep they are considered sleep deprived . Three major causes of sleep deprivation are work, medication, and educational studies . Work causes sleep deprivation because one’s job may require many hours of labor . This in turn leaves them very little time to do other daily activities and consequently deprives them of their sleep . This is common in big businessmen that have very stressful jobs . Medication can cause sleep deprivation because some of the side effects of the certain medication may cause insomnia . Insomnia is defined as the inability to stay asleep and receive an adequate amount of sleep . If one suffers from insomnia due to medication it faces one with a choice . Whether the benefits of the medication outweigh the disadvantages . Some choose to stay on the medication while others refuse to take it . Education can cause sleep deprivation because students tend to study at night rather then during the daytime . This often times results in them staying up into the late hours of the night and leaves them with very little time to sleep . Despite teenager’s common belief that studying late into the night will help them, it actually proves to be almost useless in their attempt to get a good score on their test . This raises the question, does sleep deprivation negatively effect short-term memory? Various studies have been done in order to find an answer to this question . 2
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Search 3 Firstly, the local Human Research Protections Program conducted a study done on the effects of forty-two hour sleep deprivation on component processes of verbal working memory . They found forty individuals, eighteen of which were women from San Diego, California . All of them were healthy. This was proven by the medical examination they had to go through in order to qualify for the experiment . All of the subjects were informed to refrain from consuming alcohol as well as caffeine prior to the experimentation . This regulation was enforced throughout the subjects stay during the experiment . Furthermore, they were obligated to keep a healthy sleep schedule that would require them to sleep on average eight hours per day . The conditions of the experiment were that each individual had to spend six nights and five days in the laboratory . Throughout this time they had to have a total sleep deprivation time of sixty- four hours . The researchers had to monitor the subjects on a twenty-four hour basis . They were in charge of participating in activities in order to keep the subjects up while
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