Memory consolidation effects on memory stabilization and item integration in older adults

Brown, H. ORCID: 0000-0001-9404-9515 and Maylor, E.A., 2017. Memory consolidation effects on memory stabilization and item integration in older adults. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 24 (4), pp. 1032-1039. ISSN 1069-9384

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This study examined the differential effects of aging on consolidation processes that strengthen newly acquired memory traces in veridical form (memory stabilization) versus consolidation processes that are responsible for integrating these memory traces into an existing body of knowledge (item integration). Older adults learned 13 nonwords and were tested on their memory for the nonwords, and on whether these nonwords impacted upon processing of similar-sounding English words immediately and 24 hours later. Participants accurately recognized the nonwords immediately, but showed significant decreases in delayed recognition and recall. In comparison, the nonwords impacted upon processing of similar-sounding words only in the delayed test. Together, these findings suggest that memory consolidation processes may be more evident in item integration than memory stabilization processes for new declarative memories in older adults.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
Creators: Brown, H. and Maylor, E.A.
Publisher: Springer
Date: August 2017
Volume: 24
Number: 4
ISSN: 1069-9384
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Rights: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 01 Feb 2018 11:25
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2019 15:26

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