Institute of Medical Psychology

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ClockWORK plans to investigate the interaction of biological, psychological, and sociological factors that contribute  to the daily structure of work and free time.

There is a large body of evidence that life in unstable and un-biological temporal structures (e.g., in shift work) increases the risk for accidents, sleep problems, psychiatric and somatic disturbances and other pathologies, and can even shorten life expectancy.

Any optimisation of daily structure will, therefore, increase health and quality of life, will reduce risks and costs, and will foster a motivational balance between 'work & play'.

Chronobiology and sleep research have reached a stage were excellent techniques and well founded models are available in conjunction with experience in scientific field studies, so that human.... more