A role for neuronal oscillations of sleep in memory and cognition

Lisa Marshall*

*Corresponding author for this work


This chapter gives an overview on relevant topics pertaining to cognition, in particular to memory consolidation during sleep. First, a brief overview on the extent of research on this topic in several nonmammalian species is given. Then neuronal oscillations are described with a main focus on sleep spindles and slow oscillations, and their occurrence in human scalp EEG. In particular, the relevance of discriminating between slow and fast spindle oscillations measured in different sleep states is underscored. Findings on memory consolidation based on the ability to induce neuronal oscillations of sleep without significant perturbation of the subsequent sleep architecture are reported next. Studies highlighting essential aspects of sleep’s effect on memory are then presented together with a discussion on postexperience neuronal oscillations during sleep. A summary puts the interdependence of neuronal oscillations and cognitive processes during sleep into a broader biological perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeuronal Oscillations of Wakefulness and Sleep: Windows on Spontaneous Activity of the Brain
Number of pages24
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Publication date30.05.2020
ISBN (Print)9781071606513
ISBN (Electronic)9781071606537
Publication statusPublished - 30.05.2020

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)


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