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

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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


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.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/21937
DOI 10.2174/1874620901306010001
Official URL http://www.benthamscience.com/open/toslpj/articles...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing
Keywords narcolepsy, automatic behavior, sleepiness, vigilance, cognitive load, qualitative
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