Imaging early consolidation of perceptual learning with face stimuli during rest

Julian Vilsten, Matthew Mundy

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Studies investigating visual perceptual learning (VPL) have traditionally used simple visual tasks and focused on assessing the active (online) processes of learning and memory: encoding and retrieval. The assessment of complex stimuli and the passive (offline) process of consolidation is, however, necessary for a full understanding of the development of VPL and has received little direct analysis. In the current study, 30 young adults completed a VPL task with face stimuli while undergoing an fMRI scan. Activity was assessed within offline rest breaks both during and after the learning task. Changes in baseline activity within functionally-relevant regions were identified during these rest periods. Furthermore, differences in consolidation-related resting activity were evident between individuals who performed well on the active task, and those who performed less well. These findings provide preliminary evidence that activity during offline rest breaks, which immediately follow the active task, is associated with consolidation and learning, in VPL
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170 - 179
Number of pages10
JournalBrain and Cognition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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