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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
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Tarent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada K9J 7B8 csmith@trentu.ca
Gregory M. Rose
Affiliation:
Memory Pharmaceuticals Corporation, New York, NY 10032 rose@memorypharma.com

Abstract

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]

Type
Brief Report
Copyright
© 2000 Cambridge University Press

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