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Research Question: Can sleep consolidation reduce the effects of an interruption during encoding, leading to improved accuracy on a delayed recognition task?

Consolidation: During sleep, memories acquired earlier are processed at a deeper level and strengthened by creating associations with previously-stored information (Rasch & Born, 2008). This process helps better integrate new information into existing long-term memory storage systems. Research indicates that the consolidation process can also prevent the effects of interference during memory retrieval (Robertson, 2012).

Present Study: The present study was designed to examine the effects of sleep consolidation after an interruption of encoding had occurred and the effect of interruption on primacy (in a list, people better remember words presented earlier) and recency (in a list, people better remember words presented later) effects (Rundus, 1971).

Publication Date

11-21-2019

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student scholarship

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Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work | Sociology

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Faculty: Dr. Susan Davis (Psychology)

Presented as a project in the course PSY 317 (Advanced Research Methods)

Sleep On It! Sleep Consolidation Produces Strong Delayed Memory Retrieval Much Like Immediate Retrieval

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