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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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Activation of Phasic Pontine Wave (P-Wave): a Mechanism of Learning and Memory Processing

Activation of Phasic Pontine Wave (P-Wave): a Mechanism of Learning and Memory Processing

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(p.135) Chapter 7 Activation of Phasic Pontine Wave (P-Wave): a Mechanism of Learning and Memory Processing
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Sleep and Brain Plasticity
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Subimal Datta

Elissa H. Patterson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198574002.003.0008

Combined animal and human studies support the concept that rapid eye movement (REM) sleep contributes importantly to the process of memory consolidation, especially of a procedural learning task. This chapter presents arguments and supporting data for the hypothesis that the activation of phasic pontine-wave (P-wave) generating cells in the brainstem is critical for sleep-dependent learning and memory processing. Since the focus of this chapter is on the P-wave, and it is most frequent during REM sleep, the brainstem structures that are critical for REM sleep are briefly described.

Keywords:   rapid eye movement, REM sleep, memory consolidation, procedural learning

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