Is Cramming for a Test Counter Productive?

Dr. Hanna-Pladdy says lack of sleep may interfere with memory recall depending on the type of test.
3:00 | 08/21/12

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Clearly that optimal way to go about it is to spend a sufficient amount of time that that is needed to learn information well in advance. So that you can sleep appropriately the night before. However when you look closely at the studies for learning and memory. It is unclear whether sleep deprivation. Actually. Interferes with the kind of memory recall. That most students need on a test of course it depends on the type of information that is were called an amount of detail. That's needed for example if you're taking a physics exam. Vs -- multiple choice biology exam it may make a difference in terms of how much. Sleep deprivation may impact your performance -- the idea that sleep deprivation would likely impact your performance on a mathematics test more greatly. And so the question it really raises and one has been raised before looking at the developmental studies for six and seven year old. If you sleep less than nine hours -- -- is there an impact -- -- On your brain. And over the long term and if so exactly precisely why is -- And as parents what should we do to try to encourage our children to sleep. Longer and is a more important to decrease activities during the day and get the -- -- Sleeping as opposed to kind of overloading our adolescents and our youngsters with all the activities they have.

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