Thursday, July 13, 2006

sleep and memory

Science & Technology at Scientific Snooze or Lose: Memory Retention Enhanced by Sleep
"Sleep aids memory. Whether tested in animals or humans, studies have shown that sense memories--such as learning a certain sequence of dance steps--take root more solidly when paired with adequate rest. Now new research shows that so-called declarative memories--such as a sequence of facts--also benefit from slumber, especially when subjects are challenged with subsequent, competing information."