Losing Control: #Sleep Deprivation Impairs the Suppression of Unwanted #Thoughts

Unwanted memories often enter conscious awareness when individuals confront reminders. People vary widely in their talents at suppressing such memory intrusions; however, the factors that govern suppression ability are poorly understood. We tested the hypothesis that successful memory control requires sleep. Following overnight sleep or total sleep deprivation, participants attempted to suppress intrusions of emotionally negative and neutral scenes when confronted with reminders. The sleep-deprived … Continue reading Losing Control: #Sleep Deprivation Impairs the Suppression of Unwanted #Thoughts

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