Proposed mechanism for learning and memory erasure in a white-noise-driven sleeping cortex.

@article{SteynRoss2005ProposedMF,
  title={Proposed mechanism for learning and memory erasure in a white-noise-driven sleeping cortex.},
  author={Moira L. Steyn-Ross and D. Alistair Steyn-Ross and James Wallace Sleigh and Marcus T. Wilson and L. C. Wilcocks},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics},
  year={2005},
  volume={72 6 Pt 1},
  pages={061910}
}
Understanding the structure and purpose of sleep remains one of the grand challenges of neurobiology. Here we use a mean-field linearized theory of the sleeping cortex to derive statistics for synaptic learning and memory erasure. The growth in correlated low-frequency high-amplitude voltage fluctuations during slow-wave sleep (SWS) is characterized by a probability density function that becomes broader and shallower as the transition into rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep is approached. At… CONTINUE READING

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