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Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2015 Jul;122:28-40. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2015.01.004. Epub 2015 Jan 17.

REM sleep and memory reorganization: Potential relevance for psychiatry and psychotherapy.

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1
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center Freiburg, Germany.
2
Department of Psychology, University of Surrey, UK.
3
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center Freiburg, Germany. Electronic address: christoph.nissen@uniklinik-freiburg.de.

Abstract

Sleep can foster the reorganization of memory, i.e. the emergence of new memory content that has not directly been encoded. Current neurophysiological and behavioral evidence can be integrated into a model positing that REM sleep particularly promotes the disintegration of existing schemas and their recombination in the form of associative thinking, creativity and the shaping of emotional memory. Particularly, REM sleep related dreaming might represent a mentation correlate for the reconfiguration of memory. In a final section, the potential relevance for psychiatry and psychotherapy is discussed.

KEYWORDS:

Associative thinking; Creativity; Memory; Psychiatry; Psychotherapy; REM sleep; Reorganization; Sleep

PMID:
25602929
DOI:
10.1016/j.nlm.2015.01.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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