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Neurosci Lett. 2011 Apr 15;493(3):61-2. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2011.02.031. Epub 2011 Feb 23.

Of sleep, seizures and networks.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19140, United States.


A common property of sleep and epileptic seizures is that both occur because of alteration in network activity within the nervous system. This is represented by an oscillating synchronization of spiking in large groups of neurons from the ever evanescent chaotic yet coherent patterns of activity that underlie sensory and motor operations of the brain. The idea that both slow wave sleep and epileptic seizures may have similar functions in brain homeostasis by purging and consolidating environmental cues is discussed. TMS can be used as a tool to investigate these patterns.

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