Odor Cues During Slow-Wave Sleep Prompt Declarative Memory Consolidation

  title={Odor Cues During Slow-Wave Sleep Prompt Declarative Memory Consolidation},
  author={B. Rasch and C. B{\"u}chel and S. Gais and J. Born},
  pages={1426 - 1429}
  • B. Rasch, C. Büchel, +1 author J. Born
  • Published 2007
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Science
  • Sleep facilitates memory consolidation. A widely held model assumes that this is because newly encoded memories undergo covert reactivation during sleep. We cued new memories in humans during sleep by presenting an odor that had been presented as context during prior learning, and so showed that reactivation indeed causes memory consolidation during sleep. Re-exposure to the odor during slow-wave sleep (SWS) improved the retention of hippocampus-dependent declarative memories but not of… CONTINUE READING
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