Check out this excellent explanation of how taking breaks works to improve long term memory of a topic–with the research–by Dr. David Gilden.© Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.
I originally wrote this in response to some reading I was doing about the psychology of learning which was discussing some interesting studies on learning in children versus in adults. I no longer recall the name of the book.
Initial brain development in animals occurs by overproducing synapses and then pruning away those that aren’t used. This allows for maximal flexibility and adaptation to the environment. For example, if one eye is damaged at birth, the other eye will get more synaptic connections, while the damaged eye receives fewer synaptic connections. In adults, however, new synaptic connections are built as learning occurs, rather than pruning away existing connections. Continue reading Two Types of Learning© Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.