Sleep Deprivation and Unwanted Thoughts (1 CE)
This course is for: Clinical Psychologists, Counselors, and MFTs
Course By: Tamara Avery, PsyD
Content By: Harrington, M. O., Ashton, J. E., Sankarasubramanian, S., Anderson, M. C., & Cairney, S. A. (2021). Clinical Psychological Science, 9(1), 97-113.
Course Description: Unwanted memories often enter conscious awareness when individuals confront reminders. Individuals suffering from psychiatric conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) typically experience a disproportionate number of unwanted memory intrusions. The researcher’s findings raise the possibility that sleep deprivation disrupts prefrontal control over medial temporal lobe structures that support memory and emotion. Overall, the role of sleep disturbance in maintaining and exacerbating psychiatric conditions characterized by persistent, unwanted thoughts is an important area for future research.
- Identify the purpose of the study and the methods related to unwanted memories and sleep deprivation as examined in the article
- Analyze the data by exploring the statistical tests used in conjunction with the discussed findings
- Integrate the study limitations with the identified areas of future research
- Read and understand Losing control: sleep deprivation impairs the suppression of unwanted thoughts
- Review the Course Description and Learning Objectives
- Consider the factors related to sleep deprivation coupled with the statistical findings from the accompanying article
- Work through the post-test questions; keep in mind that answer selections should be derived from the respective article
- Return to the article for clarification regarding the role of sleep disturbance in maintaining and exacerbating psychiatric conditions, or for any missed questions