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 [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]


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.