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Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Research on naps, meditation, nature walks and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity
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Research on the default mode network (DMN), Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the USC found that when we are resting the brain is anything but idle and that, far from being purposeless or unproductive, downtime is in fact essential to mental processes that affirm our identities, develop our understanding of human behavior and instill an internal code of ethics—processes that depend on the DMN. Downtime is an opportunity for the brain to make sense of what it has recently learned, to surface fundamental unresolved tensions in our lives and to swivel its powers of reflection away from the external world toward itself. Related research suggests that the default mode network is more active than is typical in especially creative people, and some studies have demonstrated that the mind obliquely solves tough problems while daydreaming. And.. yikes (!) memory depends on sleep.
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Memory: Types, Facts, and Myths

Memory: Types, Facts, and Myths | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Would you like to know the types of memory? What are the characteristics and operations of short-term and long-term memory? What is working memory? Sure you do if you are involved at the eLearning field!
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