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You feel tired at the end of the day because ____ processes in your brain force you to become less aroused and less alert.

inhibitory

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____ serves many functions. During sleep, we rest our muscles, decrease metabolism, rebuild proteins in the brain, reorganise synapses, and strengthen memories.

Sleep

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People who don't get enough sleep have trouble concentrating and become more vulnerable to illness, especially ____ ____.

mental illness

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Even one night of sleeplessness activates the ____ ____. That is, you react to sleep deprivation as if you were ill. With more prolonged sleep deprivation, people report dizziness, tremors, and hallucinations.

immune system

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During sleep, a mammals body temperature decreases by 1° or 2°C, enough to save a significant amount of ____.

energy

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Also during sleep, ____ activity decreases, saving more energy.

muscle

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Animals ____ their sleep duration during food shortages, when energy conservation is especially important.

increase

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If one of the main functions of sleep is to shutdown activities at times of relative inefficiency, we might expect to find _________ in species that are equally effective at all times of the day. This appears to be true.

little or no sleep

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Another apparent function of sleep is improved ____.

memory

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If people learn something and then go to ____, or even take a nap, their memory often improves beyond what it was before the sleep.

sleep

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Sleep also helps people ____ their memories: in one study, people who just practised a complex task were more likely to perceive a hidden rule after a period of sleep than after a similar period of wakefulness.

reanalyse

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Another study found that a nap that included REM sleep enhanced performance on certain kinds of ____ ____ ____.

creative problem solving

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Researchers recorded activity in the ____ during learning, and then recorded the same locations during sleep. Results: patterns that occurred during sleep resembled those that occurred during learning, except that they were more rapid during sleep.

hippocampus

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The amount of hippocampal activity during sleep correlated highly with subsequent improvement in ____.

performance

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These results suggest that the brain ____ its daily experiences during sleep.

replays

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The hippocampus replays recently learned patterns during quiet ____ periods, not just during sleep.

waking

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Another aspect of sleeps contribution to memory relates to sleep spindles. They indicate an exchange of information between the ____ and the ____ ____. In both rats and humans, sleep spindles increase in number after new learning.

thalamus : cerebral cortex.

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Dream research faces a special problem: what we know that dreams comes from people's ____, and researchers have no way to check the accuracy of those reports.

self-reports

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According to the ____-____ ____, a dream represents the brains efforts to make sense of sparse and distorted information.

activation-synthesis hypothesis

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Dreams begin with periodic bursts of spontaneous activity in the ____ – the PGO waves previously described – that activates some parts of the cortex but not others.

pons

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The ____ combines this haphazard input with whatever other activity was already occurring and does its best to synthesise a story that makes sense of the information.

cortex

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____ ____, such as sounds in the room, occasionally get incorporated into a dream, although usually they do not.

Sensory stimuli

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An alternative view of dreams has been labelled the ____ ____ because it was derived from the clinical studies of patients with various kinds of brain damage.

clinicoanatomical hypothesis

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Clinicoanatomical hypothesis emphasises that dreams begin with arousing stimuli that are ____ within the brain combined with recent memories and any information the brain is receiving from the senses.

generated

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However, the clinico-anatomical hypothesis puts less emphasis on the pons, PGO waves, or REM sleep. It regards dreams as thinking that takes place under unusual conditions, similar to ______ during everyday life.

mind-wondering

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Patients with damage to the ____ ____ have problems binding body sensations with vision. They also report no dreams.

parietal cortex

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Fairly high activity is also found in the areas of the ____ ____ outside V1. Those areas are presumably important for the visual imagery that accompanies most dreams.

visual cortex

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Finally, activity is high in the ____, ____, and other areas important for emotions and motivations.

hypothalamus, amygdala

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