In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Daily Dose", Bailey Mosier examines a study that claims that sleep can enhance our emotionally positive memories.
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Researchers from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst recently found that sleep enhances our emotionally positive memories that might otherwise decay if we’re kept awake.
The researchers showed 70 young adults pictures of "happy" things, like puppies and flowers, as well as neutral things like dinner plates. Their emotional reactions of these images were tested. Then, some were kept awake for an overnight period, while the others were allowed to sleep. After that period of sleep or wakefulness, they found the people who were allowed to sleep more often remembered the positive pictures than the neutral ones, which links their sleep with the processing of these positive images.
The study of how sleep helps us remember and process emotional information is still young, but researchers say sleep enhances memories for the positive events that we are exposed to and want to remember
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