Monday, June 14, 2010

How to Lock in the Memory

According to the July issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine, to help lock in the memory of something you've just learned, simply relax. For years, scientist have known that "sleeping on it" improves recall, but now researchers at New York University have used brain scans to show that a waking rest can also help you consolidate new memories and more accurately retrieve them when needed.

"Just because you feel you're not doing anything doesn't mean your brain is also idle," says senior author Lia Davachi, PhD. "Really important memory processes occur while you rest." A good rationale for grabbing a cup of coffee after a meeting or lecture? Perhaps, but it's the vegging out that's important: Instead of chatting with or surfing the Web while you sip, let your mind wander for 10 minutes so the new info can percolate through your brain. Better yet, why not teach your children to relax and learn!


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