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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Study hard, sleep it off

(Photo by Tom O Fitz)
Sleeping during class probably won’t win you many brownie points. 
However, sleeping after class might.

Rebekah Marcarelli of HNGN reports on the results of a neuroscientific study from New York University’s Langone Medical Center.  These results indicate that “sleep helps neurons form very specific connections on dendritic branches that may facilitate long-term memory.”

Dr. Wen-Biao Gan, Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology, compared this phenomenom to the sprouting of new leaves on tree branches.  To carry this analogy a bit further, a “leafier” brain may, in fact, be a more adept brain.

Researchers have long known that “leafing and loafing” are interconnected in some way, but they haven’t known exactly how.  This study is beginning to answer some of those “how” questions.


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