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Old 26 October 2017, 03:08 AM
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I wouldn't be all that surprised if the study's correct.

Many years ago I took a French test in a state of exhaustion. I didn't think that my mind was working well at all. I expected a terrible score, but I was too tired to worry much about it.

I got the best score I'd ever gotten in that class on that test.

I concluded that (to put it in I'm sure neurologically entirely incorrect terms) the back of my head knew (and probably still knows) more French than the front of my head. Thinking consciously about translating between languages was getting in my way. Exhaustion took that portion of my mind out of gear and let whatever part had actually learned some French get the job done without interference. The right amount of alcohol would probably do something similar.
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