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ERIC Number: EJ754878
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4294
Procedural Memory Consolidation in the Performance of Brief Keyboard Sequences
Duke, Robert A.; Davis, Carla M.
Journal of Research in Music Education, v54 n2 p111 Sum 2006
Using two sequential key press sequences, we tested the extent to which subjects' performance on a digital piano keyboard changed between the end of training and retest on subsequent days. We found consistent, significant improvements attributable to sleep-based consolidation effects, indicating that learning continued after the cessation of practice during both the first and second nights of sleep following training. When subjects briefly recalled a learned sequence 1 day after training and then immediately learned a second, similar sequence, there were no observable improvements in subjects' performance of the first sequence after the second night of sleep. We discuss our results in relation to similar findings in neuroscience and cognition. (Contains 1 note and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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