Journal Club

-Are you interested in learning more about current psychology research?
-Do you like to hang out with psychology majors?
-Do you want to get better at understanding psychology journal articles?

Then come join us at the Monthly Psychology Club Journal Club!

Each month, we'll read a short (< 7 page) journal article from Psychological Science or the like and discuss it at our Journal Club meeting. In Spring 2015, Journal Club meets the third Thursday of February, March, & April from 4:30-5:30pm, Centenary Square 210.

Next Meeting: Thursday, March 19th, 2015, 4:30-5:30pm, Centenary Square 210

Timely Sleep Facilitates Declarative Memory Consolidation in Infants
Sabine Seehagena, Carolin Konrada, Jane S. Herbertb, and Silvia Schneidera

Abstract: Human infants devote the majority of their time to sleeping. However, very little is known about the role of sleep in early memory processing. Here we test 6- and 12-mo-old infants’ declarative memory for novel actions after a 4-h (Exp. 1) and 24-h delay (Exp. 2). Infants in a nap condition took an extended nap (≥30 min) within 4 h after learning, whereas infants in a no-nap condition did not. A comparison with age-matched control groups revealed that after both delays, only infants who had napped after learning remembered the target actions at the test. Additionally, after the 24-h delay, memory performance of infants in the nap condition was significantly higher than that of infants in the nonap condition. This is the first experimental evidence to our knowledge for an enhancing role of sleep in the consolidation of declarative memories in the first year of life.

If you have questions, please email email in the Psychology Department.

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