Sleep’s memory role discovered

June 5, 2014

From BBC News


By James Gallagher, Health and science reporter


The mechanism by which a good night’s sleep improves learning and memory has been discovered by scientists.


The team in China and the US used advanced microscopy to witness new connections between brain cells – synapses – forming during sleep.


Their study, published in the journal Science, showed even intense training could not make up for lost sleep.


Experts said it was an elegant and significant study, which uncovered the mechanisms of memory.


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