Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Motor memory: Consolidation–based enhancement effect revisited

Julien Doyon a1, Julie Carrier a1, Alain Simard a1, Abdallah Hadj Tahar a1, Amélie Morin a1, Habib Benali a2 and Leslie G. Ungerleider a3
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Montreal, Montreal, H3C 3J7, Canada J-Carrier@CRHSC.UMontreal.CA
a2 Unité 494 INSERM, CHU Pitié-Salpêtrière, 75634 PARIS CEDEX 13, France
a3 Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892-1366


Following Karni's seminal work, Walker and other researchers have recently provided gradually convincing evidence that sleep is critical for the consolidation-based enhancement (CBE) of motor sequence learning. Studies in our laboratory using a motor adaptation paradigm, however, show that CBE can also occur after the simple passage of time, suggesting that sleep effects on memory consolidation are task-related, and possibly dependent on anatomically dissociable circuits.