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Nature. 2001 Nov 8;414(6860):167-8.

Predicting spontaneous recovery of memory.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Sheffield University, Sheffield S10 2TP, UK. j.v.stone@sheffield.ac.uk


Long after a new language has been learned and forgotten, relearning a few words seems to trigger the recall of other words. Neural-network models indicate that this form of spontaneous recovery may result from the storage of distributed representations, which are thought to mediate human memory. Here we use a psychomotor learning task to show that a corresponding effect of spontaneous memory recovery occurs in human subjects.

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