Learn while you sleep!

September 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment

Good news for snoozing students: Scientists find we really can learn while we sleepBy Mark Prigg

A study found that the body is able to take in new information while it sleeps and unconsciously modify the waking behaviour. Sleep learning experiments are notoriously difficult to conduct, not least because the researchers need to be sure that the subjects are actually asleep throughout. Working hard: Scientists have found that we can learn while we are sleeping. They found the body is able to take in new information while it sleeps and unconsciously modify the waking behaviour. Several studies have shown the importance of sleep for learning – but none had demonstrated actual learning during the sleeping period, reports Nature Neuroscience. Now scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science say they have shown sleep learning is possible.

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