How rhythms of the sleeping brain tune memory and synaptic plasticity

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Sleep is associated with many changes in brain physiology, including the emergence of robust rhythms of activity in multiple brain circuits. These rhythms coordinate the firing pattern of neurons in those circuits and may affect their physiology in numerous ways. Here we discuss how such rhythmic patterns of activity may relate to changes in synaptic strength throughout the brain and, ultimately, to the cognitive benefits of sleep

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