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 & 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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