Our brains probably take short rest periods to strengthen memories.
If you are in a process of learning new skills, then taking short breaks in between may help you grasp it better, say researchers.
The study, published in the journal Current Biology, suggests our brains probably take short rest periods to strengthen memories.
"Everyone thinks you need to 'practice, practice and practice' when learning something new," said co-author Leonardo G. Cohen from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in the US. "We found resting, early and often, may be just as critical to learning as practice," Cohen said.
For the study, researchers recorded brain waves from a group of right-handed volunteers with a highly sensitive scanning technique called magnetoencephalography or MEG.
They were asked to type numbers as many times as possible with their left hands for 10 seconds, then take rest for 10 seconds and to repeat the cycle until they had typed the numbers 35 more times.
The findings showed the volunteers' speed at which they correctly typed numbers improved dramatically during the first few trials and then levelled off around the 11th cycle. This suggested volunteers' performance improved primarily during the short rests, and not during typing, the team said.
By looking at the brain waves, researchers also found activity patterns that suggested the brains of participants were consolidating, or solidifying, memories during the rest.
Specifically, they found the changes in the size of brain waves, called beta rhythms, correlated with the improvements the volunteers made during rests. The team plans to explore, in detail, the role of these early resting periods in learning and memory.
Indo-Asian News Service
Zayed Sports tournament will give ladies all over the UAE a chance to enjoy a variety of sports, develop their athletic skills, and win valuable prizes.
Varicose veins – those bulging, twisted red or blue veins that sometimes appear on the legs and feet – may look ugly but nonetheless harmless. The fact is that they can lead to dangerous complications if left untreated.
On a spring day in Hartsdale, a northern suburb of New York City where she leads her classes, Tao Porchon-Lynch said she first encountered the ancient practice at age 7 in her native India.
Twitter users had witty comments to offer as hashtag 'gonnatellmykids' trended on the social media platform on Thursday, garnering 1411 tweets.
Feel the warmth and magic of the winter festive season at these markets brimming with trinkets, toys and the lingering aroma of Christmassy delicacies.
Italian designer Stefano Ricci's latest silk tuxedos may be sharply tailored, but they are not ideal wear for the exceptional flood that swept through Venice as they were unveiled.