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Unformatted text preview: (Horne, 1988; Karni,Tanne, Rubenstein, Askenasy, & Sagi, 1994). Some studies implicate REM sleep as having a particularly important role in memory consolidation (Karni et al., 1994). Early research showed the importance of REM sleep for rats. Hunt (1989) summarizes a few of these early studies that indicate the importance of the timing of REM sleep: Over the past few years Carlyle Smith (1981) has studied the REM augmentation following learning in rats over several days and has found that these increases occur as regular windows that climb steadily over a six day period (Smith and Lapp, 1984). Deprivation of REM during these specific windows of augmentation was at its most effective in disrupting prior learning between 48 and 60 hours after training (Smith and Kelly, 1986). (p. 28)...
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