People Learn While They Sleep, Study Suggests [Headlines]

Scientists speculate that an unconscious form of memory may enable the brain to process information without one's awareness.

Amelia Riley Swan
  • 29 september 2011

People may be learning while they’re sleeping – an unconscious form of memory that is still not well understood, according to a study by Michigan State University researchers.

The findings are highlighted in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

“We speculate that we may be investigating a separate form of memory, distinct from traditional memory systems,” said Kimberly Fenn, assistant professor of psychology and lead researcher on the project. “There is substantial evidence that during sleep, your brain is processing information without your awareness and this ability may contribute to memory in a waking state.” Innovations Report

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