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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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A Role For Stage 2 Sleep in Memory Processing

A Role For Stage 2 Sleep in Memory Processing

(p.87) Chapter 4 A Role For Stage 2 Sleep in Memory Processing
Sleep and Brain Plasticity

Rebecca Nader

Carlyle Smith

Oxford University Press

Stage 2 sleep is the classification given to approximately 50 percent of the night of sleep in humans. It is recognized as having very salient features that distinguish it from other sleep stages. This chapter provides a brief history of the research examining stage 2 sleep, with an emphasis on cognitive studies. This is followed by a number of recent findings that implicate the importance of stage 2 for memory of certain kinds of tasks, focusing on the stage 2 spindle. The spindle, a basic component of mammalian sleep, may indeed be a perfect time for synaptic plasticity to take place.

Keywords:   stage 2 sleep, memory, sleep spindle, perception, cognition, learning

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