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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

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

Sidarta Ribeiro

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198574002.003.0017

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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