Take a break to enhance memory
New York University researchers have found that ‘active rest’ will improve your memory. Learning something has never been so easy.
Lila Davachi, an assistant professor of psychology at NYU put to test 16 participants and noted how rest effects memory.
The lead author of the study is Arielle Tambini who is a doctoral candidate at NYU. The study has been published in Neuron in January 28 issue.
For conducting the study participants were exposed to a series of images, each one pairing a face and an object.
After showing them these images, they were asked to take rest. Researchers then observed brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
Davachi stated that the researchers wanted to look at the activity taking place between the brain's hippocampus and the neocortex.
Davachi said, "The brain regions remained active during rest, suggesting a replay of the experience. This suggested, but didn't prove, that memories were being cemented.”
After the participants had taken rest they were given the memory test.
"The subjects who had greater correlations between the two brain areas during rest had better associative memory," Davachi said.
Researchers stated that memories get stored in the hippocampus before they are replayed and then filed in the outer neocortex, which is also known as the grey matter.
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