Accession Number : AD0422828

Title :   A CRITICAL REVIEW OF THE ''LEARN-WHILE-YOUSLEEP'' STUDIES,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Simon,Charles W. ; Emmons,William H.

Report Date : 14 OCT 1954

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : Ten sleep-learning studies were reviewed. A critical analysis was made of their experimental design, statistics, methodology, and criteria of sleep. It is highly speculative whether or not the studies reviewed in this paper have presented any acceptable evidence that learning during sleep is possible. The inadequate control of a number of experimental variables makes the validity of the conclusions drawn by many of the Es unwarranted. The conditions under which the results were found tends more to support the contention that some learning takes place in a special kind of waking state wherein Ss do not apparently remember later on if they had been awake. This may be of great practical importance from the standpoint of economy in study time, but it cannot be construed as sleep-learning. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SLEEP, LEARNING), (*LEARNING, SLEEP), EDUCATION

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE