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In the last few decades, scientists have discovered that far from being a time of neural silence, sleep is characterized by complex patterns of electrical, neurochemical, and metabolic activity in the brain. Sleep and the Brain presents some of the more dramatic developments in our understanding of brain activity in sleep. The book discusses what parts of the brain are active in sleep and how, and presents research on the function of sleep in memory, learning, and further brain development. Coverage encompasses the network and membrane mechanisms responsible for waking and sleeping brain activity, the roles of glial cells in the sleeping brain, the molecular basis of sleep EEG rhythms, and research on songbirds, rodents, and humans indicating the function of sleep.
- Collates material dispersed across a wide gamut of primary literature into one place
- Focuses on the most interesting and prolific research results on brain activity as it relates to sleep
- Practical real data discussion includes functional brain imaging and EEG research
Neuroscientists and psychologists studying sleep and/or brain activity
List of Contributors
Chapter 1. Neuronal Oscillations in the Thalamocortical System during Sleeping and Waking States
Basic Thalamocortical States
Thalamocortical Rhythmic Activities
Origin of Slow Waves: Cortex versus Thalamus
Origin of Slow Waves: Horizontal and Vertical Propagation
Chapter 2. Corticothalamic Rhythms during States of Reduced Vigilance
The Alpha Rhythm of Relaxed Wakefulness and the Theta Waves of Early NREM Sleep
The Slow (
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- © Academic Press 2012
- 18th July 2012
- Academic Press
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Marcos Frank's research investigates the mystery of sleep function to understand one of the most persistent and perplexing questions of all time – why animals sleep, or put another way, why the brain needs sleep. Building on his research that the brain during sleep is fundamentally different from the brain during wakefulness, he has found that cellular changes in the sleeping brain may promote the formation of memories. He received a doctoral degree at Stanford University in 1997, and did his post-doctoral research in the Department of Physiology at the University of California at San Francisco.
"Sleep and the Brain presents some of the more dramatic developments in our understanding of brain activity in sleep…Coverage encompasses the network and membrane mechanisms responsible for waking and sleeping brain activity, the roles of glial cells in the sleeping brain, the molecular basis of sleep EEG rhythms, and research on songbirds, rodents, and humans indicating the function of sleep."--Doody.com, April 24, 2013
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