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Behav Brain Res. 2010 Dec 25;214(2):470-4. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2010.05.052. Epub 2010 Jun 8.

The role of sleep and practice in implicit and explicit motor learning.

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  • 1University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychology, United States.


Sleep is hypothesized to play a functional role in the consolidation of memory, with more robust findings for implicit, than explicit memory. Previous studies have observed improvements on an explicit motor task after a sleep period. We examined the role of massed practice and sleep on implicit and explicit learning within a motor task. Controlling for non-sleep factors (e.g. massed practice, circadian confounds) eliminated both explicit and implicit learning effects that have been attributed to sleep.

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