Memory, learning and sleep
Lakkonen, Tomi. (2008-04-28)
Jyväskylän ammattikorkeakoulu JAMK University of Applied Sciences
Julkaisu on tekijänoikeussäännösten alainen. Teosta voi lukea ja tulostaa henkilökohtaista käyttöä varten. Käyttö kaupallisiin tarkoituksiin on kielletty.
Julkaisun pysyvä osoite on
This development project handles memory, learning and sleep. First I studied the effects of sleep on learning, but gradually I noticed that to understand sleep’s effects on learning you have to understand the mechanisms of memory. Memory, learning and sleep are linked onto each other strongly. In this development project I handle first human memory, what it is and the factors that influence it. Then I handle the intercourses between memory and learning. Finally I try to enlighten sleep’s meaning for memories and learning. The topic is rather demanding because lots of the information are new and the things are very abstract. That is why there are many quotations in my text. Some writers of the articles I studied for this work said that the whole research area develops with such a speed that the information gets old very quickly. I have tried to use the newest possible sources for my work. Why do we sleep? What function does sleep serve? Why do we dream? What significance can we attach to our dreams? We spend so much of our lives sleeping, yet its precise function is unclear, in spite of our increasing understanding of the processes generating and maintaining sleep. We now know that sleep can be accompanied by periods of intense cerebral activity, yet only recently has experimental data started to provide us with some insights into the type of processing taking place in the brain as we sleep. There is now strong evidence that sleep plays a crucial role in learning and in the consolidation of memories. Once the preserve of psychoanalysts, 'dreaming' is now a topic of increasing interest amongst scientists. Research into sleep is growing and in this development project I try to present the relationship between sleep, learning and memory (as it is understood at the moment