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Sleep, Personality, and Social Behavior

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  • Reviews the role of sleep in social behavior and personality
  • Analyzes how sleep impacts all corners of our personal and social lives
  • Fills gaps in the limited scientific knowledge currently available about sleep

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The purpose of this book is to survey the limited scientific knowledge about how sleep intersects with personality and social behavior. This edited volume establishes a new interdisciplinary field of inquiry about sleep that examines sleep processes in the context of social behavior and social-cognitive processes (e.g., liking, respecting, helping, hurting, achieving), as well as individual differences in personality (i.e., chronic patterns of emotion, thought, and behavior). Contributors identify key gaps in scientific knowledge about sleep and its import for personality-social processes, aiming to shape future research efforts by scholars in psychology, biology, sociology, and sleep medicine.

Among the topics discussed:
  • How sleep shapes emotion regulation
  • Sleep and temperament in early childhood
  • Dynamics between sleep and self-control
  • Implications for task performance
  • Influence of sleep on social cognition and judgment
Sleep, Personality, and Social Behavior comprehensively examines the role of sleep in emotion and motivation, the impact of sleep on social-cognitive processes, the dynamics between sleeping and relationships functioning, the import of sleep for group behavior, the role of personality differences in sleep, and the role of sleep in personality and social development. Researchers in personality and social psychology, health psychology, and neurology will find this an insightful book that addresses the significant gaps in scientific understanding of sleep.

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Introduction

  2. Circadian Rhythms

  3. Cognition, Motivation, and Emotion

  4. Dyads, Groups, and Organizations

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Psychology, Iowa State University, Ames, USA

    Zlatan Križan

About the editor

Dr. Križan’s is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He received his PhD in personality and social psychology from the University of Iowa. His research examines how the human capacity for self-reflection intersects with emotion, motivation, and personality. The main focus of his ongoing research is the relation between sleep, personality, and social behavior. Specific questions include: Does our personality predict how we sleep? How does sleep disruption impact self-control? How does sleep impact social interaction with others? Dr. Krizan's research is funded by the National Science Foundation.

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