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Identifying signatures of alertness and cognitive failure during sleep deprivation

posted on 2020-01-13, 01:00 authored by WILLIAM RYAN MCMAHON
The wake maintenance zone is a time when the body clock promotes wakefulness. This thesis examined the effect of the wake maintenance zone on cognition and alertness during sleep deprivation. We found that performance on simple tasks was impaired by sleep deprivation, but the wake maintenance zone counteracted the effects of 40 hours sleep deprivation on more complex tasks. This research may help shift workers experiencing sleep loss to schedule complex tasks that need to be performed safely.


Principal supervisor

Clare Anderson

Additional supervisor 1

Sean Drummond

Additional supervisor 2

Paul Maruff

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Psychological Sciences

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences