Sleep deprivation leads to a drastic decrease in learning | Matthew Walker
Sleep affects both sides of the learning equation: It is necessary before learning, to prep the brain for information input, but it is also essential after learning, to facilitate the formation and consolidation of memories, which involves the transfer of memories from the short-term storage area, the hippocampus, to the long-term storage area, the cortex. This transfer forms the basis of learning. Research has shown that when students were deprived of sleep and then tasked with memorizing new information, the overall performance of the task decreased by 40 percent. In this clip, Dr. Matthew Walker describes the role that sleep plays in learning and new memory formation.
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