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Link between deep sleep and visual learning discovered

March 20, 2008



Study suggests deep-sleep important for visual learning

The Harvard Gazette reports on Dr. Daniel Aeschbach's recent publication in the Journal of Neuroscience:

A relationship has been observed between deep sleep and the ability of the brain to learn specific tasks. Researchers at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) have now shown that the processes that regulates deep sleep may affect visual learning. These results are published in the March 12 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

“These findings show that deep sleep is important for visual learning and possibly the ability of the brain to learn new tasks,” said Daniel Aeschbach, researcher in the Division of Sleep Medicine at BWH and lead author of the study.

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