BBC News – Dreams ‘can help with learning’

April 23, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Posted in Afghanistan | Leave a comment

    • Couple in bed

    • They found people who dream about a new task perform it better on waking than those who do not sleep or do not dream.

    • Volunteers were asked to learn the layout of a 3D computer maze so they could find their way within the virtual space several hours later.

      Those allowed to take a nap and who also remembered dreaming of the task, found their way to a landmark quicke

    • Dreaming may be a sign our brain is working hard in our sleep

    • Dr Robert Stickgold of Harvard Medical School, one of the authors of the paper, said dreams may be a marker that the brain is working on the same problem at many levels.

    • The research, published in the academic journal Cell Biology, could have practical implications.

      The scientists say there may be ways to take advantage of this phenomenon for improving learning and memory.

      For example, students might be better studying hard before bedtime, or taking a nap after a period of afternoon study.

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