Sleep Facilitates Consolidation of Emotional Declarative Memory

  title={Sleep Facilitates Consolidation of Emotional Declarative Memory},
  author={Peter Hu and Melinda Stylos-Allan and Matthew P. Walker},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={891 - 898}
Both sleep and emotion are known to modulate processes of memory consolidation, yet their interaction is poorly understood. We examined the influence of sleep on consolidation of emotionally arousing and neutral declarative memory. Subjects completed an initial study session involving arousing and neutral pictures, either in the evening or in the morning. Twelve hours later, after sleeping or staying awake, subjects performed a recognition test requiring them to discriminate between these… 

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