Exploring sleep's impact on memory with targeted reactivation
Abstract: How does sleep work its magic on memories? The answer seems to lie in the neural replay or 'reactivation' that occurs as the brain rehearses what it has learned while we sleep. Targeted memory reactivation is a technique in which we trigger this memory replay on demand. In an attempt to explore the impacts of reactivation on memory I will describe several studies where memories were altered qualitatively, quantitatively, and emotionally using targeted memory reactivation. I will also describe work in which EEG classifiers trained during wakeful task performance were used to identify reactivation in sleep data.