Sleep Deprivation Hypothesis

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Sleep deprivation is detrimental to the performance of cognitive tasks (e.g., slowed down reaction time, decreased working memory, and decreased learning capacity). An article by popular science magazine Science Daily interprets an article published within Psychological Science that sleep deprivation is possibly linked to the creation of false memories. The original article was testing whether sleep deprivation had any part in causing false memories in humans. Two experiments were done to test the theory of sleep deprivation and false memories. The hypothesis of the experiment was “sleep deprivation increased false memories in a misinformation task when participants were sleep deprived during event encoding, but did not have a significant effect

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