The Effects Of Sleep Deprivation On Empathy

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The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Empathy
Olivia N. Vannelli California State University Channel Islands
Behavioral Neuroscience
Dr. Rachel Penton October 21, 2016

Abstract Cognitive and emotional empathy are an important aspect in most facets of daily life. The ability to empathize with others can serve as a beneficial quality when living in today’s society. Prior studies have shown that sleep has an evident impact on one’s ability to empathize with others emotions. Sleep has been proven as a necessity and influences how the brain functions. Rises in technology have allowed for deeper research into the effects of sleep deprivation on the brain. This paper discusses the exploration of sleep deprivation and its negative correlation with an individual’s ability to use emotional and cognitive empathy. It is hypothesized that over the span of 48 hours a participants ability to experience cognitive and emotional empathy will decrease.

Introduction Empathy or the capability to comprehend and share the feelings and emotions of another is seen as a positive characteristic for an individual to hold (Guadagni, Burles, Ferrara & Iaria, 2014). Empathy is said to present itself as two types; cognitive and emotional (Blanke, Rauers, Riediger, 2016). Cognitive empathy refers to a person 's ability to recognize another 's emotions while emotional empathy refers to an individual’s ability to resonate with those emotions (Blanke, Rauers, Riediger, 2016). Sleep
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