About This Project
Anxiety disorders, including phobias, are the most often occurring mental disorders. Mounting evidence points to sleep as an important factor in learning and memory and research suggests that sleep plays a role in phobic-extinguishing. Extinguishing phobias may be learning of new memories rather than the unlearning old ones. This study will compare physiological and behavioral measures of individuals with spider fear in sleep vs. wake conditions after exposure via pictures and virtual reality.