Learning breaks will help you remember new information more effectively
The brain assimilates new information better if you take short breaks in the learning process. This conclusion was reached by American neuroscientists, reported in the journal Cell Reports .
“Our results show that waking rest plays just as important a role as practice in learning a new skill,” said article author Leonardo Cohen.
The study involved 33 people. All of them were right-handed, and scientists invited them to type the text with their left hand. They completed the task for 10 seconds, then rested for 10 seconds. During the break, the head continuously scrolls at an accelerated pace a sequence of actions – 20 times faster than the initial speed at which the participant was typing.
According to the researchers, the subjects' typing speed improved with this repetition.
The researchers note that understanding the role of neural repetition in learning can not only promote effective memorization, but also help patients recover skills lost due to neurological damage such as stroke.