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December 8, 2016

Poor Sleepers Worse at Recognizing Unfamiliar Faces

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If you’re planning on traveling during the upcoming holidays, consider this: your ability to smoothly get through airport security might be correlated with how well the agent slept. In today’s Nerdy Curio, courtesy of 60-Second Science, learn about how poor quality sleep can make subjects less accurate in face-matching tasks, yet more confident in their level of accuracy. Sounds like a perfect formula for stressful airport encounters…but also an opportunity to practice a holiday-appropriate sentiment: empathy for the sleep-deprived!

Aired October 19, 2016

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