The Child Cognition Lab

University of Arizona | Tucson, AZ

Our Adult Studies
How to Improve Memory
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Memory research has long assumed that after memories are stored, they remain stable and cannot be subsequently modified. Recently, this view has changed. New research has shown that once memories are reactivated, they "re-open" and can be modified. So far, no one has demonstrated this effect in human episodic memory, that is, memory for specific events that took place at a specific time and in a specific context. This study looks at whether memory for a list of objects can be modified after a time delay. This research is important because it could explain how people incorporate new experiences into old memories and, therefore, how the memory system allows for adaptive functioning.
The Role of Sleep in the Formation and the Updating of Memory
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Memory research has long assumed that after memories are stored, they remain stable and cannot be subsequently modified. Recent research, however, has shown that once memories are reactivated, they “re-open” and are susceptible to modification. This particular study looks at the role of sleep in the formation and updating of memories. Researchers administer memory tests to participants over the course of three days during which participants are sleep deprived for one night. This study will help determine how memories are encoded and consolidated and the function of sleep in respect to memory.