Sleep and the Mind I (SLEE5011)


Aims: To understand the importance of psychological factors in sleep medicine; to examine the specific interaction between the physiological and psychic factors that produce some sleep disorders, using insomnia as an example; to understand the cognitive processes that occur in sleep. Content: Insomnia: The occurrence and origins of this disorder will be discussed in the context of psychological and behavioural problems. The occurrence, clinical presentation and treatment of insomnia. Dreaming and Perception in Sleep: Theories on the origins and function of dreams will be discussed along with methods for study of dreams. Psychophysiology of Dreams: The relationship to dreaming and biophysical state will be examined along with the effect on dreams of various substances such as alcohol and psychiatric disorders. Dreaming Disorders: Nightmares and other phenomenon that have a disturbing effect on patients will be discussed.

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~2 hours online lectures over 1 semester plus directed reading and independent study


1xonline quiz (30%), 1xexam (70%)

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