Overnight genius?

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Hanging around all day, going to bed rather late and then learning everything you need to know in your sleep: The idea of learning while sleeping sounds compelling. Movies like The Matrix play with ideas like these when within just a few minutes all sorts of martial arts are uploaded to Neo’s brain and he can master all of them right away. One or two publishing houses use the idea by promising that just a pair of headphones and audio data with vocabulary and grammar are enough to learn a language in your sleep. All of this is based on the fact that the human brain is still very active while we are asleep. But what is to this wish of learning during one’s sleep?

From a scientific point of view, analysing how the brain processes new knowledge during sleep is no easy task. Scientists at the University Lübeck were able to prove that when having a good night’s sleep, their study subjects could remember vocabulary and formulas – which they had learned before sleeping – way better. Just letting knowledge wash over you while sleeping and actually learning it remains utopian. But the study also showed that sleeping not only strengthens already existing brain structures, but reduces and eliminates dispensable information, too. So our brain uses the night time to take care of everything processed during the day. That’s why it’s the brain and not the body that makes us fall asleep. For the scientists in Lübeck an old thesis turned out to be right: The brain makes us sleep because it needs the sleep itself.

To meet the grey matter’s needs in the best way possible, BRAINYOO offers a query mode especially for long-term learning. Flashcards are retrieved in growing intervals to make sure their content will be in the learner’s long-term memory as soon as the flashcard has passed all phases.

Sleeping after cramming is of major importance when learning as our brain needs the time to create connections that transport vocabulary and the like into the long-term memory. So one actually can be an overnight genius – but only after learning during the day.

Hanging around all day, going to bed rather late and then learning everything you need to know in your sleep: The idea of learning while sleeping sounds compelling. Movies like The Matrix play with ideas like these when within just a few minutes all sorts of martial arts are uploaded to Neo’s brain and he can master all of them right away. One or two publishing houses use the idea by promising that just a pair of headphones and audio data with vocabulary and grammar are enough to learn a language in your sleep. All of this is based on the fact that the human brain is still very active while we are asleep. But what is to this wish of learning during one’s sleep?

From a scientific point of view, analysing how the brain processes new knowledge during sleep is no easy task. Scientists at the University Lübeck were able to prove that when having a good night’s sleep, their study subjects could remember vocabulary and formulas – which they had learned before sleeping – way better. Just letting knowledge wash over you while sleeping and actually learning it remains utopian. But the study also showed that sleeping not only strengthens already existing brain structures, but reduces and eliminates dispensable information, too. So our brain uses the night time to take care of everything processed during the day. That’s why it’s the brain and not the body that makes us fall asleep. For the scientists in Lübeck an old thesis turned out to be right: The brain makes us sleep because it needs the sleep itself.

To meet the grey matter’s needs in the best way possible, BRAINYOO offers a query mode especially for long-term learning. Flashcards are retrieved in growing intervals to make sure their content will be in the learner’s long-term memory as soon as the flashcard has passed all phases.

Sleeping after cramming is of major importance when learning as our brain needs the time to create connections that transport vocabulary and the like into the long-term memory. So one actually can be an overnight genius – but only after learning during the day.

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