January 13, 2015

Sleeping after learning is important for infants’ long-term memory

Researchers from Bochum and Sheffield test declarative memory in infants

Sleep facilitates memory consolidation – not just in adults, but also in infants in their first year of life. This has been demonstrated by a team of researchers headed by Dr Sabine Seehagen at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, for the first time using an experimental design that assesses declarative memories, i.e. memories for facts and events. The researchers conclude: sleeping after learning appears to be important for infants’ long-term memory. The researchers report their findings in the journal "PNAS".