Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Do words go to sleep? Exploring consolidation of spoken forms through direct and indirect measures

Nicolas Dumay a1 and M. Gareth Gaskell a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD, United Kingdom


We address the notion of integration of new memory representations and the potential dependence of this phenomenon on sleep, in light of recent findings on the lexicalization of spoken words. A distinction is introduced between measures tapping directly into the strength of the newly acquired knowledge and indirect measures assessing the influence of this knowledge on spoken word identification.