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Wells Fargo grant will aid in sleep research at SWU

    06.26.17 | Inventive learning

    “All nighters” have been a ritual for generations of college students studying for exams or working on papers, but could they actually be cheating themselves out of an academic edge that comes from a restful sleep?

    Thanks to a grant from Wells Fargo, Southern Wesleyan University students will be better equipped to perform research on how the brain functions using new brain wave measuring headsets.

    According to Emily Germain, assistant professor of psychology, the headsets will be used in General Psychology, Human Information Processing and Physiology of Behavior labs, allowing students to apply the knowledge they are learning in class. More specifically, students will be able to learn more about brain activity taking place during sleep, as well as thinking, memory, meditation and a variety of other activities.

    “One immediate area of research and application relates to the connection between sleep quality and student success,” Germain said. “SWU Psychology is thrilled with this generous gift from Wells Fargo. We are excited about the wide array of inventive learning opportunities this will bring our students.”

    University President Dr. Todd Voss, who wrote the $3,000 grant, said, “While ideas are plentiful on how these devices will help students research a variety of topics, this concept that is being considered about sleep quality and retention is truly exciting. Thank you to our friends at Wells Fargo for their support of Southern Wesleyan University academics.”

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