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Sleep and Brain Plasticity
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Sleep and Brain Plasticity

Pierre Maquet, Carlyle Smith, and Robert Stickgold

Abstract

We spend so much of our lives sleeping, yet its precise function is unclear, in spite of our increasing understanding of the processes generating and maintaining sleep. We now know that sleep can be accompanied by periods of intense cerebral activity, yet only recently has experimental data started to provide us with some insights into the type of processing taking place in the brain as we sleep. There is now strong evidence that sleep plays a crucial role in learning and in the consolidation of memories. Once the preserve of psychoanalysts, ‘dreaming’ is now a topic of increasing interest amo ... More

Keywords: generating sleep, maintaining sleep, cerebral activity, learning, consolidation of memories, dreaming

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198574002
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198574002.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pierre Maquet, editor
Cyclotron Research Center, University of Liege, Belgium

Carlyle Smith, editor
Department of Psychology, Trent University, Ontario, Canada

Robert Stickgold, editor
Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

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