Dreaming makes perfect

A new study connects dreams with learning a new skill.

By Stephen Ornes, 00:00 AM May 11, 2010

By Stephen Ornes

 

Dreams can be familiar and strange, fantastical or boring. No one knows for certain why people dream, but some dreams might be connected to the mental processes that help us learn. In a recent study, scientists found a connection between nap-time dreams and better memory in people who were learning a new skill.

 

So perhaps one way to learn something new is to practice, practice, practice — and then sleep on it. (Warning: This research still doesn’t provide an excuse for fallin...

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