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Prior knowledge is essential for the beneficial effect of targeted memory reactivation during sleep

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Groch Sabine, Schreiner Thomas, Rasch Björn, Huber Reto, WIlhelm Ines,
Project The role of memory reactivations during wakefulness and sleep
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Scientific Reports
Page(s) 39763
Title of proceedings Scientific Reports

Open Access

Type of Open Access Website


Prior knowledge speeds up system consolidation and accelerates integration of newly acquired memories into existing neocortical knowledge networks. By using targeted memory reactivations, we demonstrate that prior knowledge is also essential for successful reactivation and consolidation of memories during sleep, both on the behavioral and oscillatory level (i.e., theta and fast spindle activity). Thus, prior knowledge is a prerequisite for new memories to enter processes of system consolidation during sleep.