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Sleep and Brain Plasticity$
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Pierre Maquet, Carlyle Smith, and Robert Stickgold

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198574002

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198574002.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Sleep and Brain Plasticity

Pierre Maquet

Carlyle Smith

Robert Stickgold

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the hypothesis presented in this book: that sleep is favorable for brain plasticity. It then presents a short historical overview of the idea of the role of sleep in learning and memory. It argues that the role of sleep in memory trace processing remains to be confirmed. The characterization of task-dependent regionally specific brain activities during post-training sleep should be pursued, at different levels of cerebral organization. They should be shown to be related to long-lasting behavioral adaptation.

Keywords:   brain plasticity, sleep, learning, memory

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