Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Supplementary Commentary
Commentary On Matthew P. Walker (2005) A refined model of sleep and the time course of memory formation. BBS 28(1):51–64.

Refinements and confinements in a two-stage model of memory consolidation

Ullrich Wagner a1, Steffen Gais a1 and Jan Born a1
a1 University of Lübeck, Department of Neuroendocrinology, 23538 Lübeck, Germany


Matthew Walker's model overcomes the unrefined classical concept of consolidation as a unitary process. Presently still confined in its scope to selective data mainly referring to procedural motor learning, the model nonetheless provides a valuable starting point for further refinements, which would be required for a more comprehensive account of different types and aspects of human memory consolidation.