October 20, 2012

PLUS, THERE'S NO DOWNSIDE IF THE SCIENCE IS JUNK:

A power nap may be a productive time for your brain, study finds (AFP, October 20, 2012)

In a small study presented Wednesday at an annual meeting of neuroscientists, researchers found that when subjects rested, the two sides of the brain worked differently. The right side communicated busily with itself, while the left side remained relatively quiet. This was true regardless of whether the subject was right- or left-handed.

The right hemisphere "is doing important things in the resting state that we don't yet understand," says Andrei Medvedev, PhD, an assistant professor in the Centre for Functional and Molecular Imaging at Georgetown University in the US. "The brain could be doing some helpful housecleaning, classifying data, consolidating memories," Medvedev says. "That could explain the power of napping."

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