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Can You Hack Your Brain to Learn More Efficiently?

This past summer, one of our interns worked on (and continues to work on!) a neuroscience project which many sleep-deprived students have literally dreamt of: Learning in your sleep! Joud’s project caught the eye of a few student documentarians from Princeton and they flew out to Ann Arbor to interview her.

Joud’s and the documentarian’s focus was on Targeted Memory Reactivation (TMR), which is, roughly, the study of how the brain strengthens memories. In Joud’s research, she studied the effects of “cuing” and memory reactivation during sleep, coming up with a methodology to study whether or not she could help subjects memorize patterns more efficiently.

This short documentary details Joud’s project and also goes to speak with other experts in the field – Take a look!

We hope you enjoy, we think the students did a great job!

And if you’re interested in reading more about Joud’s project, you can check out her blog-journal in the links below!

Joud: Beginning the TMR Project

Joud: The Importance of Deep Sleep

Joud: Success in Hacking Sleep, Memory

Joud is continuing with her research personally and we’re excited to share updates from her with you in the future!



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