Light sleep versus slow wave sleep in memory consolidation: a question of global versus local processes?

@article{Genzel2014LightSV,
  title={Light sleep versus slow wave sleep in memory consolidation: a question of global versus local processes?},
  author={Lisa Genzel and Marijn C. W. Kroes and Martin Dresler and Francesco Paolo Battaglia},
  journal={Trends in Neurosciences},
  year={2014},
  volume={37},
  pages={10-19}
}
Sleep is strongly involved in memory consolidation, but its role remains unclear. 'Sleep replay', the active potentiation of relevant synaptic connections via reactivation of patterns of network activity that occurred during previous experience, has received considerable attention. Alternatively, sleep has been suggested to regulate synaptic weights homeostatically and nonspecifically, thereby improving the signal:noise ratio of memory traces. Here, we reconcile these theories by highlighting… CONTINUE READING

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