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Sleep, Learning, and Memory

Sleep, Learning, and Memory
The Learning Process and Sleep Sleep, learning, and memory are complex phenomena that are not entirely understood. However, animal and human studies suggest that the quantity and quality of sleep have a profound impact on learning and memory. Research suggests that sleep helps learning and memory in two distinct ways. First, a sleep-deprived person cannot focus attention optimally and therefore cannot learn efficiently. Second, sleep itself has a role in the consolidation of memory, which is essential for learning new information. Although the exact mechanisms are not known, learning and memory are often described in terms of three functions. Each of these steps is necessary for proper memory function. Sleep researchers study the role of sleep in learning and memory formation in two ways. Sleep Stages and Types of Memory Different types of memories are formed in new learning situations. The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Learning and Performance Open Questions Summary back to top

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