Reward retroactively enhances memory consolidation for related items

Anuya Patil, Vishnu P. Murty, Joseph E. Dunsmoor, Elizabeth A. Phelps, Lila Davachi

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Reward motivation has been shown to modulate episodic memory processes in order to support future adaptive behavior. However, for a memory system to be truly adaptive, it should enhance memory for rewarded events as well as for neutral events that may seem inconsequential at the time of encoding but can gain importance later. Here, we investigated the influence of reward motivation on retroactive memory enhancement selectively for conceptually related information. We found behavioral evidence that reward retroactively enhances memory at a 24-h memory test, but not at an immediate memory test, suggesting a role for post-encoding mechanisms of consolidation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-69
Number of pages5
JournalLearning and Memory
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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