Video: How Sleep Helps You Form Memories

Here’s a brilliant video on sleep & memory. The findings are fascinating apparently sleep consolidates memory and synthesizes memories.

Introduction (Via Fora.TV)

Emerging neuroscience evidence also indicates that sleep can intelligently associate and integrate new memories together, performing a kind of “sleep-dependent alchemy.” This phenomenon may fuel creative human insights, often reflected in dream content.

In addition to memory benefits, recent findings also suggest that sleep can “refresh” emotional brain reactivity, smoothing away the rough edges from our prior waking concerns, thereby allowing rational next-day decisions.

Thinking about skimping on your Zs? You’d better tune in to hear what UC Berkeley’s Matt Walker has to say about it first!

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18. August 2009 by Miguel Barbosa
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