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Nat Neurosci. 2013 Apr;16(4):391-3. doi: 10.1038/nn.3343. Epub 2013 Feb 24.

The sleeping child outplays the adult's capacity to convert implicit into explicit knowledge.

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Department of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, University of Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany. ines.wilhelm@kispi.uzh.ch

Abstract

When sleep followed implicit training on a motor sequence, children showed greater gains in explicit sequence knowledge after sleep than adults. This greater explicit knowledge in children was linked to their higher sleep slow-wave activity and to stronger hippocampal activation at explicit knowledge retrieval. Our data indicate the superiority of children in extracting invariant features from complex environments, possibly as a result of enhanced reprocessing of hippocampal memory representations during slow-wave sleep.

PMID:
23434910
DOI:
10.1038/nn.3343
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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