How to Boost Your Memory While You Sleep
Listening to certain sounds while you sleep can help strengthen your abilities to learn a new language, memorize a piece of music, and recall events from the previous day.
At certain points during the day, our brain sifts through the day's events to determine which memories are worth keeping. As researchers have found, there are ways to subconsciously affect this process and prioritize certain memories over others. As Erin Brodwin writes at Business Insider, listening to certain sounds while you sleep can help strengthen your ability to learn a new language, memorize a piece of music, or recall specific events from the previous day.
Brodwin details several studies that proved this fact. In one, German speakers learning Dutch demonstrated a heightened ability to memorize vocabulary words when those particular words were played to them while they slept. A similar study found that subjects taught to play music in a manner similar to the video game Guitar Hero performed better after a nap during which the tune was played in the room. A third study showed that when you associate a sound with an act, such as a bell's "ding" when placing an object on a shelf, hearing that sound while you sleep will boost your ability to remember where you placed the object.
Of note: Brodwin explains that it's not just the sense of hearing that can help you augment your memory; the sense of smell has a similar effect.
Read more at Business Insider
Photo credit: AntonioDiaz / Shutterstock
In the following clip, Big Think expert Michio Kaku discusses the science of sleep, focusing in particular on dreams:
Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.
No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.
Research by neuroscientists at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory helps explain how the brain regulates arousal.
The big day has come: You are taking your road test to get your driver's license. As you start your mom's car with a stern-faced evaluator in the passenger seat, you know you'll need to be alert but not so excited that you make mistakes. Even if you are simultaneously sleep-deprived and full of nervous energy, you need your brain to moderate your level of arousal so that you do your best.
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
When these companies compete, in the current system, the people lose.
- When a company reaches the top of the ladder, they typically kick it away so that others cannot climb up on it. The aim? So that another company can't compete.
- When this happens in the pharmaceutical world, certain companies stay at the top of the ladder, through broadly-protected patents, at the cost of everyday people benefitting from increased competition.
- Since companies have worked out how to legally game the system, Amin argues we need to get rid of this "one size fits all" system, which treats product innovation — "tweaks" — the same as product invention.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.