Slow oscillations and delta waves are neuronal activity rhythms that hallmark sleep, but until now their respective functional roles have been impossible to tease apart. Utilizing a closed-loop optogenetic approach in rats, Kim et al. (2019) dissociated the functions of these two canonical rhythms, showing they support the consolidation and forgetting of memories, respectively.
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- Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)