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When we try to memorize new information, we assume that the more work we put in, the better we will do.
But, our memory for new information is the most fragile just after it has first been encoded. It is more susceptible to interference from further information.
Aiming for minimal interference - to do literally nothing - is the best way to consolidate the facts and remember it better.
Research found that short periods of rest increased the ability to recall information up to 30 % in healthy individuals. For people with neurological injury, such as a stroke, the ability to recall after some rest, places them almost within the range of healthy people.
When memories are initially encoded, they pass through a period of consolidation that cements them in long-term storage.
It was once thought to happen mostly during sleep; studies have found that it is not limited to sleep, because it happens during periods of wakeful rest, too.
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