Blinking gives your brain a mini-nap: study
Blinking rests your brain.
Mines the brain's purpose in blinking, beyond moisturizing and cleaning the eyes, in order to better understand how the brain rests.
Notes the neuroscientific research out of the Osaka University, Japan: 20 young people, who watched a television program while their brain activity was monitored by an fMRI.
Scientists noted a distinct relaxation of the brain's visual, attention, and sensory areas, during blinks. The blinks induced a brief sleep-like state.
To contrast the data, the scientists conducted the same experiment, but with 165 millisecond sections of dead air inserted randomly. They noted a slow down in mental state during the gaps, but the reaction did not include the shut down of segments of the brain as with the blinking.
Blinking induces a brief sleep like state that rests the brain in a unique way.
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Source is Times Live.
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