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Prog Neurobiol. 2001 Oct;65(3):211-87.

The golden age of rapid eye movement sleep discoveries. 1. Lucretius--1964.

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Laboratoire de Psychophysiologie, Faculté des Sciences, Groupe de Neurobiologie Fondamentale et Clinique, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, parc Valrose, 06108 2, Nice Cedex, France.


Although there were several premonitory signs of a sleep stage with dreaming, it was only in 1953 that such a stage was identified with certainty. This paper analyses the observations and research related to this dreaming stage (rapid eye movement sleep) until 1964. During these 11 years of research, the main psychological and physiological characteristics of this sleep stage were first described. Where the few results or discussions were later questioned, today's current state of knowledge is briefly outlined.

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