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May 07, 2006

Videogame Duke Nukem used to investigate how sleep affects long-term memory

A Belgian team of researchers monitored brain activity of subjects during navigation in the videogame Duke Nukem, to see how volunteers stored spatial information from the game, and investigate how sleep affects long-term memory.

Results showed that sleep-deprived gamers recalled information from a different part of the brain to those who slept.

Writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the team said its work also shed light on how we navigate in the real world.

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