Retrieval as a Fast Route to Memory Consolidation

James W. Antony, Catarina S. Ferreira, Kenneth A. Norman, Maria Wimber

Research output: Contribution to journalShort surveypeer-review

131 Scopus citations


Retrieval-mediated learning is a powerful way to make memories last, but its neurocognitive mechanisms remain unclear. We propose that retrieval acts as a rapid consolidation event, supporting the creation of adaptive hippocampal–neocortical representations via the ‘online’ reactivation of associative information. We describe parallels between online retrieval and offline consolidation and offer testable predictions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)573-576
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


  • consolidation
  • episodic memory
  • long-term memory
  • reactivation
  • replay
  • retrieval-mediated learning
  • sleep
  • testing effect


Dive into the research topics of 'Retrieval as a Fast Route to Memory Consolidation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this