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PostSubject: sleep ? = from google   Sun May 17, 2009 1:03 pm

Psychologists have discovered that a good night's sleep plays a crucial role in allowing the brain to store and remember new words learned during the day.
People who were asked to learn a set of fictitious words were better at remembering them after they had spent time asleep than if they were asked to recall the words just a few hours after being taught them.

The researchers also found the effect was strongest for words that were learned just before going to bed as opposed to earlier in the day.
It is good news for anyone who likes to listen to the radio before going to sleep or reading a book to their children at bedtime as they may be unconsciously improving their vocabulary.
There has been concern that the nation's vocabulary is deteriorating with growing numbers of school pupils suffering from "word poverty", adopting street slang and copying foul language from television programmes.
The findings have been welcomed by literacy campaigners, who want an increase in bedtime reading to help improve children's language skills.
Dr Matt Davis, who led the research at the Medical Research Council's Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, said: "Sleep seems to be important for enabling the brain to store new words in the same way as old familiar words.
"After sleep, people can process new words just as effectively as they can words that are already well-established in their vocabulary.
"It seems there are two parts of the brain involved and sleep is critical for information to be transferred from a part used for short-term storage to the long-term storage.
"Good advice for students revising for their exams would be to get a good night's sleep after studying to help them remember what they have learned."
The researchers used 57 adult volunteers who were asked to listen to sets of fictional words. They were then tested on their ability to remember the words they had only just learned and some they had learned before having slept.
Tests on the volunteers showed that they were able to remember the fictional words just as effectively as existing real words in their vocabulary after they had been to sleep.
Brain scans on 16 volunteers also showed that during initial learning a part of the brain known as the hippocampus – and which is involved in forming new memories – lit up.
After they had slept, another part of the brain involved in conscious thought and language, known as the neocortex, was strongly activated.
It is thought that the process of storing new words in the brain takes place during slow-wave sleep, which is often referred to as deep sleep, towards the end of the sleep cycle.
Professor Gareth Gaskell, a psychologist at York University who was also involved in the study, said: "Although we haven't tested it in children, it fits with the idea that teaching children new words at the end of the day is a really optimal way of learning.
"If they go to sleep without any further interactions, then it could be a really good way of learning new words.
"What we now hope to find out is if there is an optimal amount of sleep that is needed and if the process is the same for written words."
Recent research from national intelligence tests have shown that vocabulary scores have declined among four- to 11-year-olds over the past 30 years. Teachers have also expressed dismay at the state of the language skills of many of their pupils.
Sir Jim Rose, former head of Ofsted, has proposed that greater emphasis should be placed on teaching children to use formal language.
A Government-backed report by John Bercow, the Conservative MP, found last year that in some areas of the country up to 50 per cent of the school-age population had speech and language difficulties.
Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust, said: "Vocabulary is fundamental to the four key literacy skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening.
"It's fascinating to think about the implications of this research on learning and its relationship with sleep across all age ranges.
"Sharing a book before bed is an ideal way to try to maximise these benefits; it's a great way not only to talk about and take-in words, but also to spend time together."

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PostSubject: Re: sleep ? = from google   Mon May 18, 2009 5:43 am

not bad chetgirl lol!

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PostSubject: Re: sleep ? = from google   Mon May 18, 2009 6:14 am

likin it Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: sleep ? = from google   Wed May 20, 2009 9:13 am

good job Razz
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PostSubject: Re: sleep ? = from google   Wed May 20, 2009 12:19 pm

so do u think it works

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PostSubject: Re: sleep ? = from google   Thu May 21, 2009 9:13 am

yh it does
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PostSubject: Re: sleep ? = from google   Thu May 21, 2009 9:19 am

oki might try flower

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PostSubject: Re: sleep ? = from google   Fri Jun 05, 2009 12:35 pm

i enjoy sleeping just dont get enough

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PostSubject: Re: sleep ? = from google   Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:23 am

lol this is been bumped but oh well lmao

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PostSubject: Re: sleep ? = from google   Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:46 am

lol it does work tryed it on the weekend Razz

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PostSubject: Re: sleep ? = from google   Sat Jun 13, 2009 9:55 am

IMSURE YOU DID I DI Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: sleep ? = from google   Sun Aug 23, 2009 6:08 pm

i feel it now will sleep in 5 mins lol
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