Retrieval as a fast route to memory consolidation

James Ward Antony, Catarina S. Ferreira, Kenneth A. Norman, Maria Wimber

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Retrieval-mediated learning is a powerful way to make memories last, but its neurocognitive mechanisms remain unclear. We propose that retrieval acts as a rapid consolidation event, supporting the creation of adaptive hippocampal-neocortical representations via the “online” reactivation of associative information. We describe parallels between online retrieval and offline consolidation, and offer testable predictions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-576
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number8
Early online date2 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017


  • Long-term memory
  • Episodic memory
  • Testing effect
  • Retrieval-mediated learning
  • Consolidation
  • Sleep
  • Reactivation
  • Replay


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