Brain learns while you snooze
Is sleep learning possible? A new Weizmann Institute study appearing today in Nature Neuroscience has found that if certain odors are presented after tones during sleep, people will start sniffing when they hear the tones alone – even when no odor is present – both during sleep and, later, when awake. In other words, people can learn new information while they sleep, and this can unconsciously modify their waking behavior.
Sleeping mind can make associations between smells and sounds
Wed 29 Aug 12 from ScienceNews
Good news for dozy students at the back of the class – scientists have shown that it is possible to learn new things while asleep.
Sun 26 Aug 12 from The Independent
Information picked up while we slumber can stay with us when we awake, even if we aren’t aware of it.
Sun 26 Aug 12 from The Scientist
The brain doesn't just consolidate memories while we slumber, it can learn about smells too
Sun 26 Aug 12 from Newscientist
Subjects trained to sniff pleasant smells while asleep retain the conditioning when they wake up.
Sun 26 Aug 12 from Nature News
Is sleep learning possible? A new Weizmann Institute study appearing today in Nature Neuroscience has found that if certain odors are presented after tones during sleep, people will start sniffing ...
Sun 26 Aug 12 from Medical Xpress
Sleeping is generally considered to be an absolute waste of time. It's a necessity, yes, but you can't actually do anything while asleep. A new study seems to show that it may be possible for ...
Tue 28 Aug 12 from Dvice
Studies show it's possible -- at least when it comes to learning smells.
Tue 28 Aug 12 from Discovery.com
Learned associations between odors and sound persist to the next day.
Mon 27 Aug 12 from Ars Technica
The study volunteers responded to Pavlovian conditioning learned in their sleep.
Mon 27 Aug 12 from Livescience