Offline Brain Rest Time Helps Learning And Memory Retention

A little rest time may do wonders for your memory and for learning, according to a study.

Alison R. Preston and Margaret L. Schlichting of the University of Texas monitored neural activity with a brain scanner during rest and again during learning periods.

The researchers made 35 people perform learning tasks, both before and after a rest period during which they MRI-scanned their brains.

Their ability to recall memorised objects was better after a period rest, compared to their ability to recall objects after no rest time.

Their study is published in the journal PNAS.

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