Study Reveals Key to Mastering New Skills
Study Reveals Key to Mastering New Skills Recovering Man

National Institutes of Health researchers have found that our brains may solidify the memories of new skills we just practiced a few seconds earlier by taking a short rest. The results highlight the critically important role rest may play in learning.

Lead author of the study Leonardo G. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D said: “Everyone thinks you need to ‘practice, practice, practice’ when learning something new. Instead, we found that resting, early and often, maybe just as critical to learning as practice.”

The paper revealing the findings has been published in the journal Current Biology.

Cohen added: “Our results suggest that it may be important to optimize the timing and configuration of rest intervals when implementing rehabilitative treatments in patients or when learning to play the piano in normal volunteers.

“Whether these results apply to other forms of learning and memory formation remains an open question.”

Dr. Cohen’s team plans to explore, in greater detail, the role of these early resting periods in learning and memory.

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