However, if a performance deficit is seen, we would have little basis for concluding that the disrupted process was essential for consolidation as opposed to one of the many other links in the overall chain of events constituting memory. We fully expect that continuing research will unveil some of the mysteries of memory consolidation. This will likely come about most rapidly if the students of human memory and the students of animal memory pay more attention to each other.
The preparation of this chapter was assisted by NSF Grant BMS75-03383 and NIMH Grant MH33881. The first author was supported by NIMH Research Scientist Development Award MH-00061. Thanks are due Mary Ann Balaz and Wesley Kasprow for critically reading a preliminary version of the manuscript and Joan Wessely for her assistance in preparing the manuscript.
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