The research, presented at Neuroscience 2012, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, found that when participants in a study rested, the right hemisphere of their brains talked more to itself and to the left hemisphere than the left hemisphere communicated within itself and to the right hemisphere — no matter which of the participants’ hands was dominant. (Neuroscientists say right-handed people use their left hemisphere to a greater degree, and vice versa.) Results of this study, the first known to look at activity in the two different hemispheres during rest, suggests that the right hemisphere “is doing important things in the resting state that we don’t yet understand,” says Andrei Medvedev, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging at Georgetown. The activities being processed by the right hemisphere, which is known to be involved in creative tasks, could be daydreaming or processing and storing previously acquired information. “The brain could be doing some helpful housecleaning, classifying data, consolidating memories,” Medvedev says. “That could explain the power of napping. But we just don’t know yet the relative roles of both hemispheres in those processes and whether the power nap might benefit righties more then lefties.