A study on episodic memory reconsolidation that tells us more about consolidation: Unforeseen insights into consolidation

Michael Craig*, Christopher Knowles, Stephanie Hill, Michaela Dewar

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Abstract

Awake quiescence immediately after encoding is conducive to episodic memory consolidation. Retrieval can render episodic memories labile again, but reconsolidation can modify and re-strengthen them. It remained unknown whether awake quiescence after retrieval supports episodic memory reconsolidation. We sought to examine this question via an object-location memory paradigm. We failed to probe the effect of quiescence on reconsolidation, but we did observe an unforeseen ‘delayed’ effect of quiescence on consolidation. Our findings reveal that the beneficial effect of quiescence on episodic memory consolidation is not restricted to immediately following encoding but can be achieved at a delayed stage and even following a period of task engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-33
Number of pages4
JournalLearning and Memory
Volume28
Issue number2
Early online date15 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

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