Sleep-dependent motor memory plasticity in the human brain.

  title={Sleep-dependent motor memory plasticity in the human brain.},
  author={Matthew P. Walker and Robert Stickgold and David C. Alsop and Nadine Gaab and Gottfried Schlaug},
  volume={133 4},
Growing evidence indicates a role for sleep in off-line memory processing, specifically in post-training consolidation. In humans, sleep has been shown to trigger overnight learning on a motor-sequence memory task, while equivalent waking periods produce no such improvement. But while the behavioral characteristics of sleep-dependent motor learning become increasingly well characterized, the underlying neural basis remains unknown. Here we present functional magnetic resonance imaging data… CONTINUE READING
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