Vocabulary acquisition during sleep

Züst, Marc; Ruch, Simon; Wiest, Roland; Henke, Katharina (31 March 2016). Vocabulary acquisition during sleep (Unpublished). In: 11th Annual Meeting Clinical Neuroscience Bern.

Can we learn while asleep? To investigate this dream of mankind, we presented pairs of German words and fictitious translations for vocabulary acquisition during deep sleep. After waking, participants performed two implicit memory tests: 1) a cued-recall test and 2) a (re)learning test. For (re)learning, participants committed sleep-played translations and novel translations to memory during four learning runs. Functional MRI was performed during the cued-recall test. Behavioral data in both implicit tests evidenced unconscious relational word encoding during sleep. Hippocampus supported unconscious retrieval performance: the larger the hippocampal signal during retrieval, the better relational retrieval performance and the larger word pair-evoked EEG activity during sleep. We conclude that paired-associative memory encoding during deep sleep is feasible and supported by hippocampus.

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07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine (DRNN) > Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology
10 Strategic Research Centers > Center for Cognition, Learning and Memory (CCLM)

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Züst, Marc, Ruch, Simon, Wiest, Roland Gerhard Rudi, Henke, Katharina


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Marc Alain Züst

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13 Dec 2018 16:03

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02 Mar 2023 23:31



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