The results from a recent study suggest that the memory of infants improve if they nap after learning something. Scientists at The Ruhr University Bochum, Germany conducted a study and experiments that sought to establish a correlation between napping and memory-retentions in adults.
The results suggest that napping after a learning sequence could result in improved memory in infants.
In the study, researchers conducted two experiments to see whether a correlation between the two factors exists. The experiments involved as many 216 babies of the age range between six to 12 months. The babies were taught to remove mittens from animal puppets. While half the set of the subjects were sent to nap after teaching them the routine, the other half remained awake.
It was observed that the set of babies, which took a nap after the learning phase, had successfully learned how to perform the action. In fact, the set could recollect the information after an entire day as well. Seeing the results of the study, the study author, Sabine Seehagen, commented that the time just prior to nap time of an infant is a valuable learning time. She said that the study contradicts the common belief that children learn best when they are awake. Seehagen is a researcher at the University in the department of child and adolescent psychology.
The findings of the research nevertheless are limited in its scope and are not conclusive. Furthermore, the research also does not address questions as to what the ideal nap duration should be. It also fails to answer how often should babies sleep in order to improve their memory.
The study provides important information to parents that napping could be beneficial in improving the memory of babies. Angela Lukowski, who is an assistant professor at The University of California, Irvine, in the department of psychology and social behavior highlighted his message for parents.