Accession Number:

ADA231772

Title:

Acquisition and Processing of Information During States of Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep and Slow-Wave Sleep

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Mar-Jun 1989

Corporate Author:

CAMBRIDGE UNIV (UNITED KINGDOM) DEPT OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

29.0

Abstract:

This report reviews, analyzes, and summarizes experimental literature on sleep learning. Findings are as follows 1 Serious methodological flaws were found in all reported positive results. There is no evidence that semantic learning occurs when verbal material is presented to sleeping subjects. 2 A critical, but open-minded, test of sleep learning has not been done. Recommendations are made for an appropriate experiment. 3 If new material is presented to the sleeping subject, there is danger that it may interfere with normal nighttime processing of earlier daytime experiences.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE