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"From the Ted Talk by Greg Gage: How sound can hack your memory while you sleep"

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Why do we sleep? This has been a question asked since the early days of civilization. And while we may not know the eaxct asewnr, there are a nbuemr of really good theories about why we need it. Sleep is when the brain trenrsfas short-term memories erxenceiped throughout the day into long-term memories. This process is called memory consolidation, and it's the memory consolidation theory that has sctiitenss wondering if we can enhance certain meiomers over others. There was a paper recently in the journal "Science" by Ken Paller and his colleagues at Northwestern that seemed to show that this may be true, and that piqued our curiosity. Joud has been working on a DIY version of this task to see if we can improve memories through the use of sound in sleep. So Joud, how do you test if we can improve our memories with sleep?

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Why do we sleep? This has been a question asked since the early days of civilization. And while we may not know the _____ ______, there are a ______ of really good theories about why we need it. Sleep is when the brain _________ short-term memories ___________ throughout the day into long-term memories. This process is called memory consolidation, and it's the memory consolidation theory that has __________ wondering if we can enhance certain ________ over others. There was a paper recently in the journal "Science" by Ken Paller and his colleagues at Northwestern that seemed to show that this may be true, and that piqued our curiosity. Joud has been working on a DIY version of this task to see if we can improve memories through the use of sound in sleep. So Joud, how do you test if we can improve our memories with sleep?

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Original Text

Why do we sleep? This has been a question asked since the early days of civilization. And while we may not know the exact answer, there are a number of really good theories about why we need it. Sleep is when the brain transfers short-term memories experienced throughout the day into long-term memories. This process is called memory consolidation, and it's the memory consolidation theory that has scientists wondering if we can enhance certain memories over others. There was a paper recently in the journal "Science" by Ken Paller and his colleagues at Northwestern that seemed to show that this may be true, and that piqued our curiosity. Joud has been working on a DIY version of this task to see if we can improve memories through the use of sound in sleep. So Joud, how do you test if we can improve our memories with sleep?

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