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Remember more by taking breaks

Remember more by taking breaks

Longer breaks during learning lead to more stable activation patterns in the brain We remember things longer if we take breaks during learning, referred to as the spacing effect. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology gained deeper insight into the...

What does the sleeping brain think about?

What does the sleeping brain think about?

Thanks to a unique system that decodes brain activity during sleep, a UNIGE team is deciphering the neuronal mechanisms of memory consolidation. We sleep on average one third of our time. But what does the brain do during these long hours? Using an artificial...

Don’t count on caffeine to fight sleep deprivation

Don’t count on caffeine to fight sleep deprivation

Rough night of sleep? Relying on caffeine to get you through the day isn’t always the answer, says a new study from Michigan State University. Researchers from MSU’s Sleep and Learning Lab, led by psychology associate professor Kimberly Fenn, assessed how effective...

Running to music helps combat mental fatigue

Running to music helps combat mental fatigue

Listening to music while running might be the key to improving people’s performance when they feel mentally fatigued a study suggests. The performance of runners who listened to a self-selected playlist after completing a demanding thinking task was at the same level...

It’s True: Stress Does Turn Hair Gray (And It’s Reversible)

It’s True: Stress Does Turn Hair Gray (And It’s Reversible)

Legend has it that Marie Antoinette’s hair turned gray overnight just before her beheading in 1791. Though the legend is inaccurate—hair that has already grown out of the follicle does not change color—a new study from researchers at Columbia University Vagelos...

Meaningful movies help people cope with life’s difficulties

Meaningful movies help people cope with life’s difficulties

Watching meaningful films – those that we find moving and poignant – can make us feel more prepared to deal with life’s challenges and want to be a better person, a new study found. The findings point to one reason why people may choose to see movies that make them...

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