Author(s)

Stephen Fisher

Date Approved

11-13-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Allen, Terri

Subject(s)

Sleep deprivation;Cognition

Disciplines

Higher Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a correlation between sleep deprivation and an individual's cognitive function. Cognitive function was evaluated by looking at participants working memory and processing speed. To investigate this extrapolation, data was collected from undergraduate students at Rowan University. Participants were evaluated using an application called sleep time alarm clock to measure their sleep quality, and then measured by the Stroop test to determine their level of processing speed and working memory. Univariate analyses were done to determine if there was any correlational relationship between sleep deprivation and processing speed and working memory. There was no significant correlation between sleep deprivations on an individual's cognitive function. Other correlation analysis showed a significant relationship between processing speed and the condition in which participants were measures (sig. = .005). There was also a correlation between working memory and the factors of sex and sleep quality (sig. = .035) and sex and the condition in which the participants were measured (sig. = .046).

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