Memory reactivation improves visual perception

Rotem Amar-Halpert, Rony Laor-Maayany, Shlomi Nemni, Jonathan D. Rosenblatt, Nitzan Censor*

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Human perception thresholds can improve through learning. Here we report findings challenging the fundamental 'practice makes perfect' basis of procedural learning theory, showing that brief reactivations of encoded visual memories are sufficient to improve perceptual discrimination thresholds. Learning was comparable to standard practice-induced learning and was not due to short training per se, nor to an epiphenomenon of primed retrieval enhancement. The results demonstrate that basic perceptual functions can be substantially improved by memory reactivation, supporting a new account of perceptual learning dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1325-1328
Number of pages4
JournalNature Neuroscience
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2017


FundersFunder number
Israel Science Foundation51/11
Israeli Centers for Research Excellence


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