DailyDirt: Learning In Your Sleep

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We spend almost a third of our lives sleeping, so some people would like to make (better?) use of the time we supposedly waste lying in bed each night. People have tried learning foreign languages on tape while asleep. People want to train themselves to quit smoking while they snore away. The list of things people might want to try to learn unconsciously is endless -- because it seems like an effortless way to try to train our brains. Here are just a few links on the topic of sleep learning and some successful examples of it. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: behavior modification, education, fmri, learning, memory formation, sleep, training, unconscious


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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Nov 2013 @ 5:26pm

    Sleeping is for resting your brain -- not filling it up with even more useless stuff.

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    Wally (profile), 7 Nov 2013 @ 7:20pm

    "A recent sleep learning study shows that it's possible to modify a person's behavior while awake by training them while they're asleep. Sleeping subjects were presented with certain (pleasant or offensive) odors and audible tones at the same time, and when they were awake, playing the tones altered the trained person's sniffing and breathing behavior -- eg. people exposed to unpleasant odors would take shallow breaths after hearing the tones."

    "They say that when you go into cryo sleep, everything shuts down in your brain except the primitive animal side..huh, no wonder I'm still awake."

    ~Riddick.

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    SpaceLifeForm, 7 Nov 2013 @ 9:25pm

    If you're not dreaming code

    You're not thinking

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    Ninja (profile), 8 Nov 2013 @ 2:17am

    The relationship between sleep, learning and memory formation is a fascinating field -- one that is getting some Department of Defense funding, unsurprisingly.

    Making killing machines is important. And now they need to disregard the Constitution as well. Tough job.

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    DNY, 8 Nov 2013 @ 8:53am

    Thought during sleep

    This is hardly surprising to me. While in graduate school in mathematics, I had the experience of going to sleep not having any idea of how to do an exercise (from Atiyah and Macdonald's little book on commutative algebra) and waking up with a complete solution.

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