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Dynamics of sleep-wake cyclicity in developing rats.
Adult mammals cycle between periods of sleep and wakefulness. Recent assessments of these cycles in humans and other mammals indicate that sleep bout durations exhibit an exponential distribution,Expand
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Short arms and talking eggs: Why we should no longer abide the nativist-empiricist debate.
The nativist-empiricist debate and the nativist commitment to the idea of core knowledge and endowments that exist without relevant postnatal experience continue to distract attention from theExpand
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Beyond Dreams: Do Sleep-Related Movements Contribute to Brain Development?
  • M. Blumberg
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Front. Neur.
  • 1 November 2010
Conventional wisdom has long held that the twitches of sleeping infants and adults are by-products of a dreaming brain. With the discovery of active (or REM) sleep in the 1950s and the recognitionExpand
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Thermoregulatory competence and behavioral expression in the young of altricial species--revisited.
The behavioral and physiological thermoregulatory capabilities of newborn and infant mammals have been studied for over half a century. Psychobiologists have noted that the infants of altricialExpand
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The Neural Substrates of Infant Sleep in Rats
Sleep is a poorly understood behavior that predominates during infancy but is studied almost exclusively in adults. One perceived impediment to investigations of sleep early in ontogeny is theExpand
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Twitching in Sensorimotor Development from Sleeping Rats to Robots
It is still not known how the 'rudimentary' movements of fetuses and infants are transformed into the coordinated, flexible and adaptive movements of adults. In addressing this important issue, weExpand
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A developmental and component analysis of active sleep.
A wide variety of hypotheses have been put forth that address the functional significance of active sleep. Despite the well-accepted fact that active sleep expresses itself predominantly in theExpand
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Spontaneous motor activity in fetal and infant rats is organized into discrete multilimb bouts.
Spontaneous motor activity (SMA) is a ubiquitous feature of fetal and infant behavior. Although SMA appears random, successive limb movements often occur in bouts. Bout organization was evident atExpand
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Rapid Whisker Movements in Sleeping Newborn Rats
Spontaneous activity in the sensory periphery drives infant brain activity and is thought to contribute to the formation of retinotopic and somatotopic maps. In infant rats during active (or REM)Expand
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Developmental divergence of sleep‐wake patterns in orexin knockout and wild‐type mice
Narcolepsy, a disorder characterized by fragmented bouts of sleep and wakefulness during the day and night as well as cataplexy, has been linked in humans and nonhuman animals to the functionalExpand
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