Anticipated reward enhances offline learning during sleep.

@article{Fischer2009AnticipatedRE,
  title={Anticipated reward enhances offline learning during sleep.},
  author={Stefan Fischer and Jan Born},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  year={2009},
  volume={35 6},
  pages={1586-93}
}
Sleep is known to promote the consolidation of motor memories. In everyday life, typically more than 1 isolated motor skill is acquired at a time, and this possibly gives rise to interference during consolidation. Here, it is shown that reward expectancy determines the amount of sleep-dependent memory consolidation. Subjects were trained on 2 different sequences of a finger sequence motor task before 12-hr retention intervals of either nocturnal sleep or daytime wakefulness. After training was… CONTINUE READING
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