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ERIC Number: EJ892604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0502
A Brief Nap Is Beneficial for Human Route-Learning: The Role of Navigation Experience and EEG Spectral Power
Wamsley, Erin J.; Tucker, Matthew A.; Payne, Jessica D.; Stickgold, Robert
Learning & Memory, v17 n7 p332-336 Jul 2010
Here, we examined the effect of a daytime nap on changes in virtual maze performance across a single day. Participants either took a short nap or remained awake following training on a virtual maze task. Post-training sleep provided a clear performance benefit at later retest, but only for those participants with prior experience navigating in a three-dimensional (3D) environment. Performance improvements in experienced players were correlated with delta-rich stage 2 sleep. Complementing observations that learning-related brain activity is reiterated during post-navigation NREM sleep in rodents, the present data demonstrate that NREM sleep confers a performance advantage for spatial memory in humans.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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