Because a new study shows that the brain takes advantage of the rest periods during practice to review new skills, a mechanism that facilitates learning. [CLIP: Piano music]Hopkin: That level of virtuosity requires a ton of practice and a lot of repetition. In fact, we recently showed that virtually all early skill learning is evidenced during rest rather than during the actual practice. Hopkin: So next time you sit down to practice ...[CLIP: Piano music]Hopkin: Give yourself a break—or a lot of little breaks. [CLIP: Piano music]Hopkin: For Scientific American’s 60-Second Science, I’m Karen Hopkin.