People learn while they sleep, study suggests

Here at Deskarati it has been long thought that dreams are a way of the brain checking over ideas, situations and problems we have encountered, then replaying them over and over with different scenarios to effectively prepare us for any number of possible outcomes. This gives us a head start when things start happening that we may have not consciously had time to check out. This latest piece of research does not specifically relate to our ideas but could be pointing in the same direction – Deskarati –

People may be learning while they’re sleeping — an unconscious form of memory that is still not well understood, according to a study by Michigan State University researchers.

“We speculate that we may be investigating a separate form of memory, distinct from traditional memory systems,” said Kimberly Fenn, assistant professor of psychology and lead researcher on the project. “There is substantial evidence that during sleep, your brain is processing information without your awareness and this ability may contribute to memory in a waking state.”

In the study of more than 250 people, Fenn and Zach Hambrick, associate professor of psychology, suggest people derive vastly different effects from this “sleep memory” ability, with some memories improving dramatically and others not at all. This ability is a new, previously undefined form of memory.

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