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How to support learning and memory

How to support learning and memory

A 1989 study revealed that the sleeping brain likes to replay its recent experiences and that doing so supports learning and memory. Recently, they found that replay also happens while we're awake.

When you hear something useful, your mind will automatically replay it at 20 x speed to better grasp the information. But, a constant influx of information prevents replay and can negatively affect learning, memory and decision-making.


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Other effects of replay

  • Replay reactivates related experiences. Replaying information causes the brain to look for relevant memories to contextualise and understand new information.
  • Replay supports your brain's grasp of motor and spatial information.

But, replay occurs during those idle moments when your brain is not receiving novel information. If your brain doesn't get those breaks, its replay functions suffer.


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Memory failures

Memory failures

The general media landscape does its best to capture all your attention with a steady stream of stimulating content. There is the infinite scroll design of most social media sites. Netflix and YouTube jump to the next show or clip the moment you've finished watching something.

These design features are good for the platforms but don't give your brain time to sort and make sense of the information you just received, which at the very least, can lead to memory failures.


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Your brain needs regular breathers

Your brain needs regular breathers

Social media information overload can lead to depressive symptoms and reduced well-being. More significantly, an overloaded brain is a confused brain that lapse in memory, judgement, and emotion regulation.

Your brain needs time to wander from time to time, especially if you've engaged with useful information.


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