The yin and yang of sleep and attention

Kirszenblat, Leonie and van Swinderen, Bruno (2015) The yin and yang of sleep and attention. Trends in Neurosciences, 38 12: 776-786. doi:10.1016/j.tins.2015.10.001

Author Kirszenblat, Leonie
van Swinderen, Bruno
Title The yin and yang of sleep and attention
Journal name Trends in Neurosciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1878-108X
Publication date 2015-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tins.2015.10.001
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 38
Issue 12
Start page 776
End page 786
Total pages 11
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier Ltd. * Trends Journals
Language eng
Subject 2800 Neuroscience
Abstract Sleep is not a single state, but a complex set of brain processes that supports several physiological needs. Sleep deprivation is known to affect attention in many animals, suggesting that a key function of sleep is to regulate attention. Conversely, tasks that require more attention drive sleep need and sleep intensity. Attention involves the ability to filter incoming stimuli based on their relative salience, and this is likely to require coordinated synaptic activity across the brain. This capacity may have only become possible with the evolution of related neural mechanisms that support two key sleep functions: stimulus suppression and synaptic plasticity. We argue here that sleep and attention may have coevolved as brain states that regulate each other.
Keyword Attention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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