Memory consolidation — Mechanisms and opportunities for enhancement

Netasha N Shaikh, E J Coulthard

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Memory consolidation is the process by which relevant information is selected and transferred from a short-term, fragile state, into a stable, longer term domain from which it can be recalled. Effective memory underpins our ability to carry out everyday activities. When memory consolidation fails, such as in Alzheimer’s disease, the consequences can be devastating. Understanding the neurobiology of memory will help develop treatments for patients with memory loss. Here we describe the myriad processes involved in memory consolidation, including cholinergic and dopaminergic neurotransmission predominantly in hippocampal networks. We discuss established therapies as well as potential novel strategies for boosting cognition. Future approaches to enhancement of memory consolidation include not only pharmacological and neurosurgical treatments, but also lifestyle interventions — for example, modifications to sleep, exercise and diet.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)448-457
Number of pages10
JournalTranslational Neuroscience
Issue number4
Early online date21 Dec 2013
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • acetylcholine
  • dopamine
  • Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
  • sleep
  • exercise,
  • diet
  • calorie restriction
  • dementia
  • hippocampus
  • neurodegeneration


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