The role of sleep in learning and memory.

Bibliographic Collection: 
MOCA Reference, APE
Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Maquet, P
Year of Publication: 2001
Journal: Science
Volume: 294
Issue: 5544
Pagination: 1048-52
Date Published: 2001 Nov 2
Publication Language: eng
ISSN: 0036-8075
Keywords: Animals, Brain, Hippocampus, Humans, Learning, Memory, Neuronal Plasticity, Neurons, sleep, Sleep Stages

Sleep has been implicated in the plastic cerebral changes that underlie learning and memory. Indications that sleep participates in the consolidation of fresh memory traces come from a wide range of experimental observations. At the network level, reactivations during sleep of neuronal assemblies recently challenged by new environmental circumstances have been reported in different experimental designs. These neuronal assemblies are proposed to be involved in the processing of memory traces during sleep. However, despite this rapidly growing body of experimental data, evidence for the influence of sleep discharge patterns on memory traces remains fragmentary. The underlying role of sleep in learning and memory has yet to be precisely characterized.

DOI: 10.1126/science.1062856
Alternate Journal: Science
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