- French research indicates that we continue to learn things once we fall asleep.
- Specifically, it was found that if you start a task before nodding off, you can continue it once you have fallen asleep.
- In the test, people were given a word (an animal or an object) and asked to press a button corresponding to whether they thought the word was an animal or an object. Once asleep, participants were given a new set of words. Brain wave activity was then monitored to see which regions lit up once a word was heard, indicating that processing was still continuing once asleep.
- A previous study showed that we can learn to associate specific smells and sounds.