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Learn Mem. 2017 Mar 15;24(4):158-161. doi: 10.1101/lm.044404.116. Print 2017 Apr.

Learned interval time facilitates associate memory retrieval.

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Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, Maastricht 6200 MD, The Netherlands.

Abstract

The extent to which time is represented in memory remains underinvestigated. We designed a time paired associate task (TPAT) in which participants implicitly learned cue-time-target associations between cue-target pairs and specific cue-target intervals. During subsequent memory testing, participants showed increased accuracy of identifying matching cue-target pairs if the time interval during testing matched the implicitly learned interval. A control experiment showed that participants had no explicit knowledge about the cue-time associations. We suggest that "elapsed time" can act as a temporal mnemonic associate that can facilitate retrieval of events associated in memory.

PMID:
28298554
PMCID:
PMC5362700
DOI:
10.1101/lm.044404.116
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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