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Saturday, May 21, 2016

REM sleep essential for normal memory formation

For some time now have hypothesized that REM sleep is involved in perceptive memory formation. Perceptive memory being emotional memory. For instance, if you had a fender bender last Tuesday, perceptive memory isn't so much about the data memory of what happened, but rather memory about how you felt about what happened. Those with blunted perceptive memory formation may be dissociated from experiencing an appropriate emotional response. Some patient have described it as "I know I should feel a (stronger) emotion, but I don't really."
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

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