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The slow (< 1Hz) sleep rhythm: A dialogue of three cardinal oscillators

Crunelli, Vincenzo and Hughes, Stuart Wynn 2010. The slow (< 1Hz) sleep rhythm: A dialogue of three cardinal oscillators. Nature Neuroscience 13 (1) , pp. 9-17. 10.1038/nn.2445

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Abstract

The slow (<1 Hz) rhythm, the most important electroencephalogram (EEG) signature of non–rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, is generally viewed as originating exclusively from neocortical networks. Here we argue that the full manifestation of this fundamental sleep oscillation in a corticothalamic module requires the dynamic interaction of three cardinal oscillators: one predominantly synaptically based cortical oscillator and two intrinsic, conditional thalamic oscillators. The functional implications of this hypothesis are discussed in relation to other EEG features of NREM sleep, with respect to coordinating activities in local and distant neuronal assemblies and in the context of facilitating cellular and network plasticity during slow-wave sleep.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 1097-6256
Last Modified: 08 May 2019 02:46
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/9216

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