Nap it or leave it in the elderly: A nap after practice relaxes age-related limitations in procedural memory consolidation

M. Korman, Y. Dagan, A. Karni

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Abstract

Using a training protocol that effectively induces procedural memory consolidation (PMC) in young adults, we show that older adults are good learners, robustly improving their motor performance during training. However, performance declined over the day, and overnight 'offline' consolidation phase performance gains were under-expressed. A post-training nap countered these deficits. PMC processes are preserved but under-engaged in the elderly; sleep can relax some of the age-related constraints on long-term plasticity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-176
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Volume606
DOIs
StatePublished - 8 Oct 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The study was approved by the Helsinki committee of the Assuta Hospital, Derech Igal Alon, Tel-Aviv, Israel; N 2006030. The research was supported by the ISF research grant 441/06 for design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, and review of the manuscript.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Consolidation
  • Learning
  • Nap
  • Procedural memory
  • Sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (all)

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