Quiet rest after learning helps us to remember the fine details

On May 6, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Most of us know that without sleep, we are unable to create new memories. But is simply resting — without falling into the dreamy state — for only 10 minutes after learning something enough for us to memorize it in fine detail? Recent research suggests so. Struggling to remember the…

Deep sleep's role in visual learning uncovered

On October 6, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

A new study looks into the mechanism behind sleep-dependent neuroplasticity in the process of assimilating new visual information. Researchers from the University of Michigan have conducted a study in mice to investigate how deep sleep influences visual learning. Brain activity during this phase of sleep is crucial to consolidating new…

Sleep changes seen with fetal alcohol exposure partly explain learning and mood problems

On February 26, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Slow-wave sleep – the deeper sleep during which the brain turns each day’s events into permanent memories – is fragmented in adulthood in people exposed to high levels of alcohol in the womb. This is according to a study conducted by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and…

UCI study finds jet lag-like sleep disruptions spur Alzheimer's memory, learning loss

Results suggest greater emphasis on managing slumber habits of people with AD risk Chemical changes in brain cells caused by disturbances in the body’s day-night cycle may be a key underlying cause of the learning and memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a University of California, Irvine…

Learning in your sleep – the right way

On October 29, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

You can swot up on vocabulary in your sleep – but only if you don’t confuse your brain in the process. Researchers funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation have invited people to their sleep lab for a Dutch language course. You can’t learn new things in…

Daytime naps, rewards help cement memory, boost learning

On October 19, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

A new study reveals that a daytime nap can boost the consolidation of learning that is linked to rewards. Using brain imaging, researchers found that sleep appears to increase links between three areas of the brain that are important for cementing memory and processing reward. The…