SPOKANE – WSU Spokane’s Sleep and Performance Research Center will host Dr. Clare Anderson, Ph.D., an established sleep researcher from Loughborough University in the U.K.
 
Dr. Anderson will speak Friday, May 23 about the consequences of getting too much or too little sleep. The lecture is scheduled from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on the Riverpoint Campus in the Academic Center room 345 and is free of charge.
 
Anderson will also present this lecture at WSU Pullman on Thursday, May 22 in Wegner Hall room G-1 at noon.
 
Anderson is a lecturer in psychology with expertise in sleep, sleep loss and performance. Her current research focuses on modeling the effects of sleepiness on performance in distractive environments; assessing the impact of sleep loss on social cognition and executive function; and addressing the issue of sleep need and the efficacy of advocating extra sleep.
 
“We hear a lot about how sleep deprived we all are these days, but what is the actual scope of this problem?” questioned Hans Van Dongen, associate director of the Sleep and Performance Research Center. “Should everyone really be sleeping eight hours per day, or could a little bit of sleepiness combined with a daily cup of coffee be just as good? These are important questions, which Dr. Anderson’s research has been addressing.”
 
To request special accommodations, please contact Becki Meehan at rmeehan@wsu.edu or 509-358-7528.
 
Sleep and Performance Research Center

WSU’s Sleep and Performance Research Center, located at WSU Spokane, is a state-of-the-art sleep research laboratory with a focus on sleep, sleep loss and cognitive performance.

The laboratory includes a four-bedroom sleep suite for in-residence lab studies; and space for faculty, research staff, and graduate and undergraduate students.

The facility accommodates carefully controlled experiments to study the effects of sleep loss on human cognitive functioning. In addition, it serves as a base for staging field studies related to sleep and performance.

For more information visit www.spokane.wsu.edu/ResearchOutreach/Sleep/index.asp