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Biased Processing of Sleep-Related Stimuli in Children of Parents With Insomnia

Ellis, J, Thomsom, A, Gregory, AM and Sterr, AM (2012) Biased Processing of Sleep-Related Stimuli in Children of Parents With Insomnia Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 10. ISSN 1540-2002

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Abstract

Disorder-specific cognitive biases have been observed in children whose parents suffer from psychological disorders. Despite those same biases being observed in individuals with insomnia, they have yet to be explored as an index of vulnerability in children of parents with insomnia. It was hypothesized that potentially vulnerable children would demonstrate cognitive biases to sleep- related cues, relative to controls. Following a “tired-state induction,” a sleep-related Emotional Stroop was completed by 2 groups: 38 children of parents with insomnia and 51 controls. Children also reported their observations about the content of the Stroop words. Results showed an attention bias in children whose parents have insomnia, but no interpretive bias. The results are discussed in terms of a predispositional vulnerability to insomnia.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published as Ellis J, Thomsom A, Gregory AM, Sterr AM (2012). Biased Processing of Sleep-Related Stimuli in Children of Parents With Insomnia. Behavioral Sleep Medicine 10. Available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/showAxaArticles?journalCode=hbsm20
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2012 10:33
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:37
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/714260

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