Sunday, June 8, 2014

Proper Sleep Helps Learning

"A new study reveals that sleep after learning enhances connections between brain cells. According to NYU Langone Medical Center researchers, the growth of dendritic spines – tiny out-branchings that are responsible for relaying signals between neuronal cells – is encouraged by sleep, and could prove critical to improving memory. The study, entitled Sleep Promotes Branch-Specific Formation of Dendritic Spines After Learning, was published in the journal Science."

You can read the rest here.

Once again, this article demonstrates the importance of understanding the neurobiology of learning.

(Scott Fruehwald)

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This isn't new. I was told this as a child. I read similar conclusions while in school. I was counseled to this effect while in law school. I've shared this advice with students. I've explained that some of the worst grades earned by students are the consequence of pulling all-nighters (a reason that long before it became fashionable in law school, I was requiring students to do graded work throughout the semester to lessen the impact of the "stay awake and cram" nonsense of college that crept into law schools), and in recent years I've seen similar reports of sleep/learning studies and have shared them with students. Yet, throughout the K-12, college, and graduate education systems, the value of sleep is cheapened by practices permitting and encouraging cramming and all-nighters.

Posted by: James Edward Maule | Jun 9, 2014 7:08:12 AM

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