January 25, 2014
QUIT YOUR WHINING:
Study: Believing You've Slept Well, Even if You Haven't, Improves Performance : The positive effects of "placebo sleep" (JULIE BECK, JAN 24 2014, Atlantic)
Results: Participants who were told they had above-average REM sleep performed better on the test, and those who were told their REM sleep was below average performed worse, even when researchers controlled for the subjects' self-reported sleep quality.Implications: A great victory was won here for lies, over truth. This study shows that if you're in the mindset that you're well-rested, your brain will perform better, regardless of the actual quality of your sleep. Conversely, constantly talking about how tired you are, as so often happens in our culture, might be detrimental to your performance.
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2014 7:37 AM