Upgrading the sleeping brain with targeted memory reactivation

Delphine Oudiette, Ken A. Paller*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

A fundamental feature of human memory is the propensity for beneficial changes in information storage after initial encoding. Recent research findings favor the possibility that memory consolidation during sleep is instrumental for actively maintaining the storehouse of memories that individuals carry through their lives. The information that ultimately remains available for retrieval may tend to be that which is reactivated during sleep. A novel source of support for this idea comes from demonstrations that neurocognitive processing during sleep can benefit memory storage when memories are covertly cued via auditory or olfactory stimulation. Investigations of these subtle manipulations of memory processing during sleep can help elucidate the mechanisms of memory preservation in the human brain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-149
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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