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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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Role of Rem Sleep in Brain Development and Plasticity

Role of Rem Sleep in Brain Development and Plasticity

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(p.181) Chapter 9 Role of Rem Sleep in Brain Development and Plasticity
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Sleep and Brain Plasticity
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Majid Mirmiran

Ronald L. Ariagno

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198574002.003.0010

This chapter discusses the role of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep in early brain development. Existing data suggest that REM sleep deprivation (REMD) in infants may retard brain growth and synaptic plasticity. The chapter also reviews past findings and provides an interesting hypothesis about the possible role of REMD in the development of depression.

Keywords:   rapid eye movement sleep, brain development, fetal sleep, brain plasticity, depression

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