No evidence for a role of reconsolidation in updating of paired associates

Fiona Allanson, Ullrich K.H. Ecker

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Reconsolidation theory states that memories are labilized through reactivation, making them prone to change, before being re-consolidated. When information in memory requires updating, reconsolidation theory therefore predicts that reminders of previously learned information should facilitate updating of that information and should thus improve memory for the updated information. In two experiments, we tested this prediction by investigating memory for word pairs over a short time-scale. Participants studied word pairs (A–B), some of which were subsequently updated with word pairs that shared the first word (A–C). Half of the A–C pairs received a pre-study reminder of the first word in the pair so as to reactivate and labilize A–B memory. In a recognition memory test targeting the A–C list, reminders by and large had no effect on memory. Results thus failed to support the predictions of reconsolidation theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)912-919
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cognitive Psychology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2017


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