Memory: Improve by taking 10-minute breaks

    Memory: Improve by taking 10-minute breaks

    When I was studying at the university I went there
    often on the train, so that I took advantage of those hours spent traveling for
    light. I never lacked a good book in my backpack. Just those books
    now I have a good memory. Many me return
    to memory
    without trying too hard.

    I've always wondered why. Perhaps
    it depends on the stops the train made, the minutes spent watching
    through the window reflecting on a particular passage that
    I had just finished reading. But now, a recent study,
    intervenes to reveal a very simple cause: take short breaks after having
    carried out intellectual activity, power up
    the memory
    . This study made by the University
    of Edinburgh, found that when people took a short break
    after having carried out an intellectual activity (such as studying a chain of numbers
    for example), they could remember better, than those who didn't have the
    opportunity to take a break to consolidate learning. This would explain why I tend to
    better remember the books I read little by little in my spare time
    rather than the ones I read in one go. Indeed, when you read
    comfortably seated at home you tend to read pages and pages without
    stopping while traveling, interrupted by environmental stimuli, we interrupt
    reading several times, and this, instead of distracting us, helps to reinforce the
    I remember. To check if this theory does
    really apply to remembering, the researchers went beyond the chains of
    numbers and asked the participants to read a story. Seven days later,
    they had to tell all the details they remembered about it. The key
    it consisted in the fact that some of them read the story continuously
    while others interrupted the reading several times by taking breaks of approx
    ten minutes. What were the results? Again, those who had
    reading the story by taking breaks, they seemed to have a better memory
    of the same. The most surprising thing is that this memory could have been
    equate to the amount of detail that people told they had
    read the story in one go just after reading it. In summary, take a break during
    reading is not just for improve
    the memory
    in the long run but also to enhance it.
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