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Tip #18: A Mind at Rest Strengthens Memories.

Your memories are strengthened during periods of rest while you are awake, researchers have found. The findings expand the understanding of how memories are boosted; previous studies had shown this process occurs during sleep, but not during times of rest while awake.  This means that taking break after a period of study can actually help you retain the information that you just learned.

The study focused on memory consolidation — the period when a memory is stabilized after it is initially created, or encoded. To determine if memory consolidation occurred during periods of awake rest, the researchers imaged the hippocampus, a brain structure known to play a significant role in memory, and cortical regions during periods of waking rest.

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