How new memories help retain older ones

Try to remember this visual paired associate (AB):

How new memories help retain older ones

How new memories help retain older ones

Now recall visual paired associate AB:

How new memories help retain older ones

How new memories help retain older ones

Next, try to remember this new visual paired associate (AC):

How new memories help retain older ones

How new memories help retain older ones

Now recall visual paired associate AC:

How new memories help retain older ones

How new memories help retain older ones

Can you still remember the first visual paired associate AB?

What if I were to pay you ten cents to remember? How about if I increased it to a hundred bucks? Would your memory performance increase? Stay the same? Most of your would probably infer the former. More money = more motivation to memorize.

That’s what Kuhl and colleagues found in their study published in the latest issue of Nature Neuroscience. However, the study didn’t just stop there. That’s just the tip of the iceberg! [Read the entire entry at The Quantum Lobe Chronicles]

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