Neuroscience: The little breaks that help the brain learn new things

Neuroscience: The little breaks that help the brain learn new things

  • Paula Adamo Idoeta
  • BBC News Brazil in London

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Studies show that when you learn something new, like a piano song, it is more effective to take short breaks than to practice constantly until exhaustion.

To learn something new, you have to practice, practice, practice, says common sense: this idea that “it’s engorging that you become a blacksmith.”

But a number of scientific studies have shown that relentless practice is perhaps not the most effective way to learn a new skill: the brain needs rest to consolidate newly acquired knowledge and transform it from a transient memory to a lasting memory. .

And one of the most recent discoveries is that short breaks interspersed with the practice of activities lead to significant learning gains: the brain uses these breaks to mentally and very quickly review what it has just learned, thus reinforcing the new skill acquired. .

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