Colloquia - “Memory Modification During Sleep Benefits Learning, Creativity, and Well-Being”

Ken A. Paller, Ph.D. Department of Psychology Northwestern University

Whereas memory research has mostly focused on input and output, intervening processing during the time between acquisition and retrieval is also relevant. A growing body of evidence implicates sleep in changing memory storage. In particular, subtle auditory stimulation has been used to selectively encourage memory reactivation during sleep, which thereby improves learning. With a variant on these procedures, we have also demonstrated the feasibility of two-way dialogue during dreaming. Research on memory processing during sleep is providing novel ways to enhance the various benefits of sleep in a variety of circumstances.