Contact Us

Can We Learn Even When We’re Asleep?

RelaxingMusic, flickr

All-night cram sessions are commonplace for students. But even though we know being sleep-deprived could be counter-productive, it seems learning doesn’t have to stop just because we nod off.

Researchers from the Weizmann Institute found using a combination of sounds and smells actually makes our subconscious minds stand up and pay attention, which means we may be able to learn new things even while we’re asleep.

The “sounds and scents” combo seemed to create new connections in the brain, making study subjects seek out a stimulus if it was removed. So, for example, people who’d associated a sound with a particular smell would continue to sniff the air when the sound was played — even if the smell itself was gone.

The fact that the brain continues to make such associations even during shuteye could lead to “learning while sleeping” techniques. Still, some experts are concerned, saying that since many of us are already on overload when we’re awake, perhaps we should declare dreamland strictly off-limits to give our minds a much-needed break.

[Science Daily]

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for TSM Interactive quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!