Neuroscientists May Have Finally Pinned Down How the Brain Stores Memories During Sleep

“A central question in neuroscience.” Sleep is critical to our mental and physical wellbeing — it constitutes about a third of our lives, and research provides strong evidence that sleep is central for learning and forming long-term memories. “But exactly how such memory is formed is not well understood and remains, despite considerable research, a central question of inquiry in neuroscience,” according to a new press release on the topic. Neuroscientists at the University of California, Riverside may finally have an answer to this question. In a first, their study provides a mechanistic explanation for how deep sleep (also known as slow-wave sleep) may bolster the consolidation of recent memories. Consolidating a memory means to strengthen the memory in the brain, and while we’re fast asleep, our brains are still…


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