New Baylor lab lets subjects sleep for science

Baylor University research subjects have been hard at work for the past month, getting paid to sleep at the newly-opened Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory in Downtown Waco. Michael Scullin, director of the new lab, is studying how sleep quality changes as people age, and that work requires subjects willing to spend three nights each in one of the lab’s bedrooms. They sleep attached to electrodes that monitor their brain activity, eye and face movement, offering insight into the quality of their sleep. Subjects earn $50 for each night, but the opportunity to contribute to science has been the study’s best draw for participants, Scullin said. Sleep quality affects aspects of peoples’ lives from mood and personal relationships to cognitive function, memory, general health and work performance, Scullin said. Past…


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