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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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Recent Evidence of Memory Processing in Sleep

Recent Evidence of Memory Processing in Sleep

(p.327) Chapter 16 Recent Evidence of Memory Processing in Sleep
Sleep and Brain Plasticity

Constantine Pavlides

Sidarta Ribeiro

Oxford University Press

It has been hypothesized that sleep, and more specifically rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, plays a role in brain plasticity and memory consolidation. Although the initial evidence in support of this hypothesis was indirect or anecdotal, recent experimental evidence showing a direct link between sleep and information processing has been forthcoming. This evidence is derived from a wide variety of sources including behavioral, electrophysiological, and molecular studies. This chapter briefly reviews evidence from the former, then discusses recent molecular studies. It presents a model of how sleep may act to consolidate memories acquired during wakefulness.

Keywords:   REM sleep, rapid eye movement, brain plasticity, memory consolidation

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