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New research from experts at the University of Notre Dame has discovered that going to sleep soon after learning new information is the best way for an individual to recall what he or she had just learned.
The sleeping brain evaluates which emotional experiences should be remembered, U.S. researchers said. The study also found the sooner sleep followed a learning experience the longer the memory lasted -- even for a mater of months.
According to a research abstract that will be presented on Thursday, June11, at SLEEP 2009, the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, sleep selectively preservers memories that are emotionally salient and relevant to future goals when sleep follows soon after learning. Effects persist for as long as four months after the memory is created.
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