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July 06, 2011

Research shows power of practice

A little practice goes a long way, according to researchers at McMaster University, who have found the effects of practice on the brain have remarkable staying power.

The study, published this month in the journal Psychological Science, found that when participants were shown visual patterns - faces, which are highly familiar objects, and abstract patterns, which are much less frequently encountered - they were able to retain very specific information about those patters one to two years later, despite only having been familarized with the patterns for about 2 hours and without being exposed to them subsequently.

Researchers noted "The brain really seems to hold onto specific information, which provides great promise for the development of brain training, but also raises questions about what happens as a function of development. How much information do we store as we grow older and how does the type of information we store change across our lifetimes? And what is the impact of storing all that potentially irrelevant information on our ability to learn and remember more relevant information?"

See the full article here.

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