Friday, May 22, 2009

Born to Cycle

Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New IdeasLinda Rising gave a talk at QCON London 2008 entitled “Born To Cycle”. This talk is very similar to “Perfection is an unrealistic goal”. Linda does add a couple of interesting experiments:

1. Rats in a maze. During REM sleep rats were transferring information about what they learned about the maze. The next morning the rats navigated the maze and found the cheese.

2. Two groups (humans) were taught a task. The group that took a nap improved more than the group that stayed awake. After a night’s sleep, both groups were at the same level.

3. One group was taught a task and then 6 to 8 hours later, a second task. The next day, the group did not improve on either task.

4. Two groups were taught a task. Both were taught a second task, but one group took a nap in the interim. No improvements were noticed later in the day, but the next morning, the nap group had improved at both tasks.

This presentation is available on InfoQ at