NICT-IFReC Joint Seminar: Yuka Sasaki “Opponent neurochemical and functional processing in NREM and REM sleep in visual perceptual learning”

NICT-IFReC Joint Seminar

December 13, 2019
CiNet 1F Conference Room

Yuka Sasaki
Brown University

Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet), National Institute of Infromraiton and Neural Networks (NICT)
Osaka University Immunology Frontier Research Center (IFReC)

Sleep is beneficial for learning. However, whether NREM or REM sleep facilitates learning, whether the learning facilitation results from plasticity increases or stabilization and whether the facilitation results from learning-specific processing are all controversial. Here, after training on a visual task we measured the excitatory and inhibitory neurochemical (E/I) balance, an index of plasticity measured by magnetic resonance spectroscopy in human visual areas, for the first time, while subjects slept. Off-line performance gains of presleep learning were associated with the E/I balance increase during NREM sleep, which also occurred without presleep training. In contrast, increased stabilization was associated with decreased E/I balance during REM sleep only after presleep training. These indicate that the above-mentioned issues are not matters of controversy but reflect opposite neurochemical processing for different roles in learning during different sleep stages: NREM sleep increases plasticity leading to performance gains independently of learning, while REM sleep decreases plasticity to stabilize learning in a learning-specific manner.