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Curr Biol. 2013 Nov 4;23(21):R954-6. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.09.009.

Brain biology: jerked around by sleep.

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Department of Cell & Systems Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G5, Canada.

Abstract

During rapid eye movement sleep, the forelimb muscles of newborn rats jerk and twitch in an organized pattern, the fidelity of which improves with time. The coordinated nature of such sleep movements may instruct the developing brain how to more effectively execute movements during wakefulness.

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24200321
DOI:
10.1016/j.cub.2013.09.009
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