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Understanding Automatic Behavior in Narcolepsy: New Insights Using a Phenomenological Approach

Morandin, Michelle and Bruck, Dorothy (2013) Understanding Automatic Behavior in Narcolepsy: New Insights Using a Phenomenological Approach. Open Sleep Journal, 6. pp. 1-7. ISSN 1874-6209

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Automatic behaviors are stereotyped, repetitive behaviors performed without awareness and are a common auxiliary symptom of narcolepsy (a disorder of excessive daytime sleepiness). The goal of the study was to expand our knowledge of this complex but poorly understood phenomenon. Here we present new insights based on an analysis of the experiences of ten individuals with narcolepsy. Proceduresincluded two interviews, a family member interview, a one week journal and a one day journal when participants agreed to take minimal or no stimulant medication. Three different types of automatic behavior were identified; sleepiness with low cognitive load, sleepiness with high cognitive load and high cognitive load withoutsleepiness. Original contributionsinclude: notion of cognitive load, possible progression of automatic behaviorto sleep, a new classification of errors, importance of adequatemedication, as well as a theoretical discussion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: narcolepsy, automatic behavior, sleepiness, vigilance, cognitive load, qualitative
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2013 05:05
Last Modified: 02 May 2016 05:01
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