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Brains Learn Better At Night
University Of Adelaide ^ | 8-22-2007

Posted on 08/22/2007 3:57:15 PM PDT by blam

Source: University of Adelaide
Date: August 17, 2007

Brains Learn Better At Night

Science Daily — If you think that the idea of a morning person or an evening person is nonsense, then postgraduate student Martin Sale and his colleagues from the University of Adelaide have news for you.

Martin Sale demonstrates the technique to stimulate nerve activity in the brain. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Adelaide)

They have found that the time of day influences your brain’s ability to learn—and the human brain learns more effectively in the evening.

And by identifying at what point in the day the brain is best able to operate, rehabilitation therapy can be targeted to that time, when recovery is maximised.

“Our research has several future applications,” Mr Sale says. “If the brains of stroke patients can be artificially stimulated to improve learning, they may be able to recover better and faster.”

The researchers used a magnetic coil over the head to stimulate nerve activity in the brain, and linked it to an electrical stimulus of the hand.

Mr Sale, from the School of Molecular and Biomedical Science at the University of Adelaide, discovered that the brain’s capacity to control hand movements is influenced by the time of day.

His study found that larger changes are induced when the experiments are performed in the evening, as compared with mornings.

“Such time-of-day variations in function are not unusual. Organisms are adapted to the continual change in light and dark during a 24 hour period to avoid predators and to reproduce faster,” he says.

“For example, the petals of many flowers only open during the day, while some organisms only reproduce at night. In humans, these rhythms are governed by a variety of hormones that control many bodily functions.”

Martin Sale is one of 16 young scientists presenting their research to the public for the first time thanks to Fresh Science, a national program sponsored by the Federal and Victorian Governments which identifies new and interesting research being done by early-career scientists around the country.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: brain; learn; night

1 posted on 08/22/2007 3:57:17 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Ah, so my late night cramming was actually good for me? I feel vindicated.


2 posted on 08/22/2007 4:00:27 PM PDT by keepitreal
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To: metmom

Not exactly a reason to homeschool, but still informative to those interested in educational issues.


3 posted on 08/22/2007 4:01:56 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: blam
I did all my best writing at night. For some reason, I found getting research done less distracting after dark fell.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

4 posted on 08/22/2007 4:03:17 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: blam
Oooh...

Micky Mouse ears on a chick with her hair tied back?

And thick glasses too.

Man, you know what I like!.


5 posted on 08/22/2007 4:03:45 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: blam

Which brain?


6 posted on 08/22/2007 4:05:20 PM PDT by 1rudeboy (A male asks.)
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To: blam
Mr Sale, from the School of Molecular and Biomedical Science at the University of Adelaide, discovered that the brain’s capacity to control hand movements is influenced by the time of day.

There's a joke in here somewhere.
7 posted on 08/22/2007 4:05:51 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: goldstategop

when i started working during the day i had to take my college courses at night... and i have to say, i did exponentially better in those evening courses... i am a night owl, however... after i finished school, i began working later during the day... 10:00 am-7:00 pm... and then i would do more work at home... i did all my writing in the evening... i’m a homeschool mom now... i still do most of my prep at night when everyone else is asleep...


8 posted on 08/22/2007 4:06:39 PM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: aruanan
There's a joke in here somewhere.

hahahahaha!

9 posted on 08/22/2007 4:07:36 PM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: goldstategop

Exactly! Me too. I have always been a night time reader and maybe this is why. During the day my body wants to be very active. Nighttime is the time for sitting and reading for me.


10 posted on 08/22/2007 4:11:31 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: blam

My study time is much better morning and afternoon,evening is family time.


11 posted on 08/22/2007 4:12:19 PM PDT by alpha-8-25-02 ("SAVED BY GRACE AND GRACE ALONE")
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To: keepitreal

Creative writing seems to flow most freely at night, late at a night ... with a glass of Ruby Port and cranrasberry juice, and ... Oh! Yeah, things work better at night. Don’t daydream as much, eh?


12 posted on 08/22/2007 4:13:49 PM PDT by MHGinTN (You've had life support. Promote life support for those in the womb.)
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To: blam

That’s strange, my brain has never worked as well at night — especially after a few drinks. In fact, when I think about it, my eyes and my taste in women always deteriorate after dark as well.


13 posted on 08/22/2007 4:15:49 PM PDT by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: blam

Brains Learn Better At Night

Except when they belong to Senators debating through the small hours...

Oh well, maybe I should do all my homework late at night when I go off to college. I've always been much more of an evening person anyway, mornings just aren't for me.

14 posted on 08/22/2007 4:16:33 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat (From my fist to Harry Reid's face)
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To: blam

I’ve always been an evening person. Mornings suck.


15 posted on 08/22/2007 4:16:56 PM PDT by jwh_Denver (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k08yxu57NA&NR=1)
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To: MHGinTN

It’s quieter at night so work is much more productive, but interruptions, while less frequent, are much more serious. When the cops show up next door it is usually 3-4 AM.


16 posted on 08/22/2007 4:18:06 PM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: goldstategop
I found getting research done less distracting after dark fell.

Most vampires feel that way, you know.... *chuckle*

17 posted on 08/22/2007 4:19:56 PM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: blam
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18 posted on 08/22/2007 4:25:10 PM PDT by racnpartsales4u ("His sex organs took the heaviest blow," an unidentified nurse told the newspaper.)
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To: racnpartsales4u

Heard a couple weeks ago that Kathleen Turner still has ‘it,’ and that is the best news of the week.


19 posted on 08/22/2007 4:29:36 PM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: RightWhale

Yeah, I miss those interludes. Some of my best stories have been generated by the criminal wave that used to be.


20 posted on 08/22/2007 4:30:14 PM PDT by MHGinTN (You've had life support. Promote life support for those in the womb.)
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To: jwh_Denver

I always learn more when I’m asleep. Ask my teachers.

;^)


21 posted on 08/22/2007 4:34:52 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: goldstategop
I found getting research done less distracting after dark fell.

While I had a job, mornings I was at my peak, daytime I was productive and when evening came, there was no time available for production after two martinis..........

Obviously the studious student neglected the fulltime employed, kid raising, bill paying, grass cutting members of society when he was doing his research...........

22 posted on 08/22/2007 4:41:55 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Farewell Turd Blossom, ya done good!)
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To: jwh_Denver
Me too.

All my life mornings make me nauseous.

23 posted on 08/22/2007 4:49:15 PM PDT by Global2010 ( Not to Late to Pray for comfort at this moment.....)
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To: blam

Bump for the night owl Freepers!


24 posted on 08/22/2007 4:49:55 PM PDT by Global2010 ( Not to Late to Pray for comfort at this moment.....)
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To: elcid1970

You went to class?


25 posted on 08/22/2007 5:08:31 PM PDT by jwh_Denver (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k08yxu57NA&NR=1)
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To: jwh_Denver

He looks like the guy Dieter From SNL.


26 posted on 08/22/2007 5:23:24 PM PDT by efs111 (Hasta La Vista, Baby!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Fits me to a T.


27 posted on 08/22/2007 9:08:58 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger; 2Jedismom; Aggie Mama; agrace; Antoninus; arbooz; bboop; BlackElk; blu; Capagrl; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. If you want on/off this list, please freepmail me. The main Homeschool Ping List by DaveLoneRanger handles the homeschool-specific articles.
28 posted on 08/22/2007 9:09:34 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: devolve; blam

So we ‘nightowls’ have it over the ‘larks’? Lol

Guess it depends on just what we are doing with our brains at night!!


29 posted on 08/22/2007 9:14:47 PM PDT by potlatch (MIZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MIKAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_))
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To: potlatch

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I’m afraid to comment further here


30 posted on 08/22/2007 9:32:17 PM PDT by devolve ( _Google-Illegals_Killed_25_Americans_Each_Day _A_Mex_Illegal_Alien_Sold_911_Terrorists_IDs_)
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To: devolve

I don’t blame you at all, better go look at PUNS thread instead, lol.


31 posted on 08/22/2007 9:37:15 PM PDT by potlatch (MIZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MIKAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_))
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To: nnn0jeh

ping


32 posted on 08/22/2007 10:18:51 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I am fulltime employed, single mom, homeschooler. I have primarily worked evenings and prefer night work because I am impressively more productive. Just recently I switched to a graveyard shift and am loving it.


33 posted on 08/23/2007 12:30:19 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: vetsvette
That’s strange, my brain has never worked as well at night — especially after a few drinks.

Mine does work better at night, especially after a few drinks. At least for tasks such as programming. The relaxation seems to help I think.

34 posted on 08/23/2007 12:36:49 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Cementjungle
LOL, I always said my best code was written after a few drinks at about midnight... If only I could figure out what it does the next day... ;)

Seriously, though, I have written some pretty elegant stuff later in the evening, both programmatically and story-wise.

35 posted on 08/23/2007 9:08:02 AM PDT by Kaylee Frye
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To: Kaylee Frye
Seriously, though, I have written some pretty elegant stuff later in the evening, both programmatically and story-wise.

I think it's the quiet time, lack of ringing phones and so on that seems to do the trick. Even the cats settle in and don't need attention after a certain time of night!

36 posted on 08/23/2007 9:54:17 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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