Sleep & Social Functioning

Sleep and social functioning (e.g. emotion, empathy, social interaction) are closely linked. Despite this, our knowledge of how sleep is associated with social functioning remains a topic of debate with several unanswered questions. We are currently conducting a number of studies examining the relationship between sleep and social functioning across a variety of contexts (e.g. work, home, social activities). In particular we are interested in the following questions:

  1. How is sleep linked with self-awareness and how does this interact with social functioning?
  2. What is the relationship between sleeep / circadian rhythms and social perception (e.g. trait impressions, emotion perception)?
  3. What is the relationship between sleep / circadian rhythms and social cognition (e.g. empathy, perspective taking)?
  4. How does sleep support social learning?
  5. How does the quality of co-sleeping (sleeping with another person) affect social interaction and relationships?

If you would be interested in taking part in any of these studies then please contact Michael (m.banissy@gold.ac.uk).