نقش خواب در شکل گیری حافظه کاذب
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|32905||2009||8 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||7440 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Volume 92, Issue 3, October 2009, Pages 327–334
Memories are not stored as exact copies of our experiences. As a result, remembering is subject not only to memory failure, but to inaccuracies and distortions as well. Although such distortions are often retained or even enhanced over time, sleep’s contribution to the development of false memories is unknown. Here, we report that a night of sleep increases both veridical and false recall in the Deese–Roediger–McDermott (DRM) paradigm, compared to an equivalent period of daytime wakefulness. But while veridical memory deteriorates across both wake and sleep, false memories are preferentially preserved by sleep, actually showing a non-significant improvement. The same selectivity of false over veridical memories was observed in a follow-up nap study. Unlike previous studies implicating deep, slow-wave sleep (SWS) in declarative memory consolidation, here veridical recall correlated with decreased SWS, a finding that was observed in both the overnight and nap studies. These findings lead to two counterintuitive conclusions – that under certain circumstances sleep can promote false memories over veridical ones, and SWS can be associated with impairment rather than facilitation of declarative memory consolidation. While these effects produce memories that are less accurate after sleep, these memories may, in the end, be more useful.
Growing evidence suggests that sleep plays an important role in memory consolidation (Payne et al., 2008b, Rasch and Born, 2007, Smith, 1995, Stickgold, 2005 and Walker and Stickgold, 2006). While sleep’s benefit was once thought to apply mainly to procedural forms of memory, it has recently been shown to benefit declarative memory as well (see Marshall and Born, 2007 and Payne et al., 2008b for review). Memory consolidation is often conceptualized as a time-dependent, off-line process that stabilizes memories against interference and decay, allowing them to persist over time (McGaugh, 2000). This notion of memory stabilization implies that memories are solidified in high fidelity, true to their original form. Yet substantial evidence shows that memories can become increasingly distorted with time (Bartlett, 1932, McDermott, 1996, Payne et al., 1996 and Seamon et al., 2002), suggesting that the process of consolidation does not always yield veridical representations of our experiences. A large body of research has focused on the formation of false memories, in which people recollect events that never occurred (Brainerd and Reyna, 2005, Gallo, 2006, Roediger and McDermott, 2000 and Schacter and Slotnick, 2004). Yet, while a growing number of studies support a role for sleep in the consolidation of veridical information, it is unknown whether sleep also influences the development of false memories. Understanding whether sleep affects the formation of false memories is important because it is directly related to questions about how memories are consolidated and stored, how memory representations change over time, and whether these changes can be useful and adaptive. Here, we tested whether sleep influences false recall, using a list learning task known as the Deese–Roediger–McDermott (DRM) paradigm (e.g. Roediger & McDermott, 1995). This declarative memory task reliably produces high rates of confident false memories for unstudied “critical” words (e.g. window) that are semantically associated to studied wordlists (e.g. door, glass, pane, shade, ledge, sill, house, open, curtain, etc.). Previous research has demonstrated that long-term memory for critical words actually exceeds veridical memory for studied words ( McDermott, 1996, Payne et al., 1996, Seamon et al., 2002 and Toglia et al., 1999). For example, McDermott (1996) demonstrated that a 2-day delay between study and test produced levels of false recall that exceeded levels of veridical recall, noting that, unlike many DRM studies of immediate memory where veridical and false recall tend to increase together, over longer delays false memories persist over veridical ones. Thus, in addition to the encoding and retrieval factors known to influence false memory ( Brainerd and Reyna, 2005 and Gallo, 2006), these studies raise the possibility that slow, offline memory consolidation processes influence false memory development as well. This prediction seems particularly plausible given growing evidence that sleep-based consolidation does more than just stabilize memories in veridical form, but also transforms them in ways that render memories less accurate in some respects, but perhaps more useful in the long run ( Ellenbogen et al., 2007, Payne et al., 2008a and Wagner et al., 2004). There is a growing consensus in the literature that the consolidation of hippocampus-dependent memories is modulated by deep, slow-wave sleep (SWS) (Marshall & Born, 2007). SWS is characterized by slow (1–4 Hz), high amplitude brain waves in the EEG and is associated with hippocampal sharp wave-ripples (SPW-Rs), events that may provide a means of communication between hippocampal and neocortical memory stores as memories undergo the process of consolidation (Buzsaki, 1996 and Buzsaki, 1998). Spatial navigation studies in rodents and humans have shown that hippocampal networks involved in spatial memory acquisition can be reactivated during sleep – particularly SWS (Peigneux et al., 2004 and Wilson and McNaughton, 1994), and that this reactivation is linked to improved performance the following day in humans (Peigneux et al., 2004). SWS appears to play a similar role in the veridical consolidation of hippocampus-dependent declarative memories (Marshall & Born, 2007 for review; Rasch, Buchel, Gais, & Born, 2007). For example, Rasch et al. (2007) exposed human subjects to an odor cue (a rose scent) while they learned object-location pairings in the memory game ‘concentration’ during the evening. fMRI revealed increased hippocampal activation in response to the odor when presented during SWS the following night, and this led to improved declarative memory retention the following morning. Accurate performance on this task, which requires good memory for objects, as well as the ability to correctly bind objects to their specific locations, requires the highly specific relational contextual processing known to depend on the hippocampus (Cohen and Eichenbaum, 1995, Davachi and Wagner, 2002, Giovanello et al., 2004 and O’Keefe and Nadel, 1978). These studies and others (e.g. Takashima et al., 2006) strongly suggest that SWS plays a role in the consolidation of hippocampus-dependent forms of memory. The DRM task differs from these tasks, however, in that it draws on both of the major components of declarative memory – episodic (context-specific event memory), and semantic (context-independent conceptual knowledge).1 Remembering detailed information about the experimental context, such as the sound of the words as they were presented and characteristics of the speaker’s voice, are episodic memory components (i.e. specific to the experimental context or episode), whereas knowing that all of the words in a list are related in meaning is a semantic memory component (i.e. based on pre-existing knowledge of the shared meaning among the words). While false memory of critical words is thought to rely solely on semantic processing (because there is no contextual information available for non-presented words), correct memory for studied words relies on both context-specific episodic processing and, perhaps to a greater degree, on context-independent semantic processing (simply knowing the theme of a word list allows some accurate retrieval). Consistent with this notion, recent neuroimaging studies have demonstrated that both false and veridical memory formation in the DRM task rely heavily on regions associated with semantic processing, such as the left ventrolateral prefrontal cortex and left lateral temporal cortex, while veridical memory formation also relies on medial temporal regions, including the hippocampus (Dennis et al., 2007, Kim and Cabeza, 2007a and Kubota et al., 2006). Thus, although performance on spatial and episodic memory tasks benefit from SWS, accurate performance on the DRM task, with its strong semantic component, may draw on a different complex of neural resources and thus different sleep-stages than the strictly hippocampus-dependent tasks described in the sleep and memory literature to date.