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Evaluating the relationship between REM and memory consolidation: A need for scholarship and hypothesis testing

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 September 2001

Carlyle Smith
Department of Psychology, Tarent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada K9J 7B8
Gregory M. Rose
Memory Pharmaceuticals Corporation, New York, NY 10032


The function of REM, or any other stage of sleep, can currently only be conjectured. A rational evaluation of the role of REM in memory processing requires systematic testing of hypotheses that are optimally derived from a complete synthesis of existing knowledge. Our view is that the large number of studies supporting a relationship between REM-related brain activity and memory is not easily explained away.

[Vertes & Eastman]

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© 2000 Cambridge University Press

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