Memory Reconsolidation

  • Josue Haubrich
  • Karim Nader
Part of the Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences book series (CTBN, volume 37)


Scientific advances in the last decades uncovered that memory is not a stable, fixed entity. Apparently stable memories may become transiently labile and susceptible to modifications when retrieved due to the process of reconsolidation. Here, we review the initial evidence and the logic on which reconsolidation theory is based, the wide range of conditions in which it has been reported and recent findings further revealing the fascinating nature of this process. Special focus is given to conceptual issues of when and why reconsolidation happen and its possible outcomes. Last, we discuss the potential clinical implications of memory modifications by reconsolidation.


Memory Consolidation Reconsolidation Retrieval Storage Forgetting PTSD Drug addiction 


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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Federal University of Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil

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