Facilitation of spindle-burst sleep by conditioning of electroencephalographic activity while awake

Science. 1970 Feb 20;167(3921):1146-8. doi: 10.1126/science.167.3921.1146.


A slow-wave electroencephalographic rhythm recorded from the sensorimotor cortex of the waking cat has been correlated behaviorally with the suppression of movement. Facilitation of this rhythm through conditioning selectively enhances a similar pattern recorded during sleep, the familiar spindle burst. The training also produced longer epochs of undisturbed sleep. The specific neural mechanism manipulated during wakefulness appears to function also in sleep and to be involved with the regulation of phasic motor behavior.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cats
  • Conditioning, Psychological*
  • Electroencephalography*
  • Sleep*
  • Wakefulness*