How does the time of day of a practice session affect learning of a new motor sequence in the elderly? Participants practiced a given finger tapping sequence either during morning or evening hours. All participants robustly improved performance speed within the session concurrent with a reorganization of the tapping pattern of the sequence. However, evening-trained participants showed additional gains overnight and at 1 wk posttraining; moreover, evening training led to a further reorganization of the tapping pattern offline. A learning experience preceding nocturnal sleep can lead to a task-specific movement routine as an expression of novel “how to” knowledge in the elderly.
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- Memory Consolidation/physiology
- Middle Aged
- Motor Skills/physiology
- Practice, Psychological
- Time Factors