Alistair W. MacLean
Department of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Science
M.A., Aberdeen University, 1965
M.A., Queen's University, 1967
Ph.D., Queen's University, 1969
Email: macleana at queensu.ca
Queen's University at Kingston
My main research interest is the understanding of sleep: what factors affect sleep;
how sleep affects subjective state, behaviour and physiology; and what mechanisms
underly sleep. This has led to my involvement in studies of: the effects of drugs
and alcohol on sleep; sleep deprivation; displacement of the sleep period; sleep
and depression; aging and sleep; and the relationship between the menstrual cycle
and sleep. I have also been involved in the clinical assessment and treatment
of sleep disorders. The principal focus of my present research is the understanding
of how sleep loss and sleepiness affects skilled performance such as driving.
Our current investigations are using a small driving simulator and subjective,
behavioural and physiological assessments of sleepiness to gain a greater theoretical
understanding of the relationship between sleepiness and performance which we
hope will lead to improvements in our capacity to predict and detect deterioration
under real-life conditions.
- Arnedt, J.T., Wilde,
G.J.S., Munt, P.W. and MacLean, A.W. Simulated driving performance
following prolonged wakefulness and alcohol consumption: Separate and combined
contributions to impairment. Journal of Sleep Research 2000, 9, 233-241.
- Arnedt, J.T., Wilde,
G.J.S., Munt, P.W. and MacLean, A.W. How do prolonged wakefulness
and alcohol compare in the decrements they produce on a simulated driving
task. Accident Analysis and Prevention 2001, 33 (3), 47-54.
- Davidson, J.R., Waisberg,
J.L., Brundage, M.D. and MacLean, A.W. Nonpharmacological
group treatment of insomnia: A preliminary study with cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology
2001, 10, 389-397.
- Davidson, J.R., MacLean,
A.W., Brundage, M.D., and Schulze,K. Sleep disturbance in patients
attending a regional cancer centre. Social Science and Medicine.
2002, 54, 1309-1321.
- Fitzpatrick, M.F., Alloway,
C.E.D., Wakeford, T.M., MacLean, A.W., Munt, P.W. and Day,
A.G. Can patients with obstructive sleep apnea titrate their own continuous
positive airway pressure (CPAP)? American Journal of Respiratory and Critical
Care Medicine 2003; 167: 716-722.
- MacLean, A.W.,
Davies, R.T. and Thiele, K. Sleepiness and driving. Sleep Medicine Reviews
2003; 7: 507-521.
- Arnedt, J.T., Geddes,
M.A.C., MacLean, A.W. Comparative sensitivity of a simulated
driving task to subjective, physiological and other performance measures during
prolonged wakefulness. Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine 2005; 58:
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