The Timing of Sleep and Wakefulness

On the Substructure and Dynamics of the Circadian Pacemakers Underlying the Wake-Sleep Cycle

  • James T. Enright

Part of the Studies of Brain Function book series (BRAIN FUNCTION, volume 3)

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About this book


The brain functions like a computer composed of subsystems which in­ teract in a hierarchical manner. But it is not a single hierarchy, but a com­ plex system of hierarchies each of which has its very own and unique fea­ ture. One of these concerns the cyclic or rhythmic control of neuronal ac­ tivities which, among others, give rise to alternating states of wakefulness and sleep. The phenomenon of sleep still remains a mystery. The present monograph does not give us any new insights into its meaning and significance. Yet sleep research may not be the same after the appearance of this book be­ cause it gives us a comprehensive mathematical theory which opens our eyes to new insights into the mechanism of the rhythm generation that under­ lies the "wake-sleep" cycle. No one who has worked his way through this book can again look at ex­ perimental data without recognizing features which the "models" developed in its various chapters so strikingly reveal.


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Authors and affiliations

  • James T. Enright
    • 1
  1. 1.Scripps Institution of OceanographyUniversity of CaliforniaLa JollaUSA

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-09667-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-81387-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-5742
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