Theta phase coordinated memory reactivation reoccurs in a slow-oscillatory rhythm during NREM sleep

Thomas Schreiner, Christian F Doeller, Ole Jensen, B Rasch, Tobias Staudigl

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Abstract

It has been proposed that sleep’s contribution to memory consolidation is to reactivate prior encoded information. To elucidate the neural mechanisms carrying reactivation-related mnemonic information, we investigated whether content-specific memory signatures associated with memory reactivation during wakefulness reoccur during subsequent sleep. We show that theta oscillations orchestrate the reactivation of memories during both wakefulness and sleep. Reactivation patterns during sleep autonomously re-emerged at a rate of ∼1 Hz, indicating a coordination by slow oscillatory activity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-301
Number of pages6
JournalCell Reports
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • sleep
  • consolidation
  • memory reactivation
  • retrieval
  • oscillations
  • EEG
  • theta
  • episodic memory
  • phase similarity

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