Reconsolidation in Human Memory

Almut Hupbach

(Lehigh University)

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Date: 01/04/2011


When memories are reactivated, they return to a plastic state in which they can be modified. Subsequently, those memories need to be restabilized (i.e., reconsolidated), as otherwise they may be irreversibly lost. Reconsolidation effects have been found in a variety of animal protocols, shedding light on the molecular mechanisms and behavioral consequences of the reconsolidation process. Much less is known about reconsolidation in human memory. In my talk, I will review recent studies on reconsolidation in fear conditioning, procedural, and episodic memory, which all demonstrate that human memories are subject to reactivation-dependent changes.

Created: Friday, April 1st, 2011