Sleep and memory (Sara Mednick)

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Due Thursday, March 14 (Week 7)

 

Sleep and memory (Sara Mednick):  Read and respond to the first part of the article, the part that describes Mednick’s research on REM sleep and memory

http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2010/08/memory-loss.aspx

Read the assigned article, then write a short essay (2-3 paragraphs) that include the following elements.  Please paste your completed essay into the comments section rather than attaching a separate file.

1. A paragraph that summarizes the topic in your own words

2. One or two paragraphs that address one or more of the following objectives:

a. Describe a useful application of this information in your life, and specify what behavioral or attitude changes you might make as a result.


 


b. Discuss possible sources of bias that might have influenced the results (sample bias, experimenter bias, cultural bias, etc)


 


c. Discuss the generalizability of the research—do you think the result applies to all people, or just those who are similar in some way to the sample that was studied in the research?


 


d. Discuss the ethics of the research: was the research ethical? How might ethics influence the way that the research was conducted?


 


e. Briefly describe an experiment that you might do as a follow up study. Explain what additional information you would gain from the study that you propose.


 


f. Find a follow up study on the topic that has been done by another researcher, explain what the study adds to the original research, and provide an abstract and citation for the study.

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