John Libbey Eurotext

Revue de neuropsychologie


Perception and memory processing during sleep Volume 10, issue 4, Octobre-Novembre-Décembre 2018


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Normandie Université,
Université Paris,
EPHE, Inserm, U1077,
CHU de Caen,
Neuropsychologie et imagerie de la mémoire humaine,
GIP Cyceron,
boulevard Henri-Becquerel,
BP 5229,
14074 Caen cedex 5,
* Correspondance
  • Key words: perception, memory consolidation, sleep
  • DOI : 10.1684/nrp.2018.0475
  • Page(s) : 298-303
  • Published in: 2018

Sleep is a physiological state during which the responsiveness to external stimuli is decreased. However, numerous studies indicate that information processing during sleep is not totally abolished. This mini-review aims first at illustrating some of the cognitive processes occurring during sleep. We will then expose how sleep-dependent memory consolidation proceeds according to the hippocampo-neocortical dialogue and synaptic downscaling models. We will finally show how perceptive capacities (perception of odors and sounds) during sleep stages can be used to boost memory consolidation.