Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Study: Sleep has Major Impact on Learning

A new study by researchers at UC Berkeley has found that special, speedy brain waves - known as "sleep spindles" - may have a deep impact on our ability to take in new information and to consolidate and store what we have recently learned. The findings could have implications on scheduling for education, and further support our strong belief in the value of good sleep habits in fostering healthy, successful students.

According to Matthew Walker, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at UC Berkeley and senior author of the study, published in the new issue of the journal Current Biology, “our findings demonstrate that sleep may selectively seek out and operate on our memory systems to restore their critical functions.This discovery indicates that we not only need sleep after learning to consolidate what we’ve memorized, but that we also need it before learning, so that we can recharge and soak up new information the next day.”

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