Roses are beautiful flowers and they do smell lovely, but did you know they can also improve your learning? Yes, the smell of roses has a positive effect on your learning success.
Here are many techniques that can help you to learn a subject faster and easier, but what could be better than gain some additional information when you sleep? Effortless learning during sleep is the dream of many people.
Scientists from the University of Freiburg have successfully demonstrated that placing rose-scented incense sticks on your desk at home while learning or on the bedside table next to the bed at night promotes memory.
As many as 54 students from two 6th grade classes of a school in southern Germany participated in the experiments, and the results were surprising as well as encouraging.
“The students showed a significant increase in learning success by about 30 percent if the incense sticks were used during both the learning and sleeping phases,” researchers said.
“One particular finding beyond the seminal initial study was, that the fragrance also works when it is present all night,” says study leader PD Dr. Jürgen Kornmeier.
“This makes the findings suitable for everyday use.” Previous studies had assumed that the fragrance needs to be only present during a particularly sensitive sleeping phase.
However, since this sleep phase needs to be determined by an effortful measurement of brain activity by means of an electroencephalogram (EEG) in the sleep laboratory, this finding was not suitable for everyday use.
“Our study shows that we can make learning during sleep easier. And who would have thought that our nose could help considerably in this,” said Kornmeier.
Written by Cynthia McKanzie