Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sleep may improve exposure therapy in phobias

This article discusses research showing that sleep may improve the effect of exposure therapy. This was done in patients who fear spiders. Results showed that fear was reduced when participants were shown videos of spiders and then allowed to sleep. This makes sense, as sleep is thought to be involved in memory and may allow the participants to remember the video better, and become better desensitized to seeing spiders.

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