The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of sleep and wakefulness on memory consolidation. The 28 participants were broken down into four different conditions. They were given a list of 12 hard or easy words and had to learn the words at either 10am or 10pm and recall the words 12 hours later. It was hypothesized that the participants who learned the words at 10pm would have a higher recall rate since their memories were given a period of sleep in order to consolidate the words. The results of the study indicated that there was no significant effects or interactions between the word type, time of learning and time of recall. Therefore, it provides evidence in support of the idea that memory does not consolidate better while sleeping.
"The Influence of Sleep on Memory Consolidation,"
The Huron University College Journal of Learning and Motivation:
1, Article 2.
Available at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/hucjlm/vol45/iss1/2