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(biology) tiny fibers that are seen in cell division

a piece of wood that has been turned on a lathe

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any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts

a stick or pin used to twist the yarn in spinning

any holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object


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A sleep spindle may be defined as a section of waxing and waning 8 to 16 Hz oscillation in the EEG.
These episodic patterns have been best studied in relation to sleep neurophysiology and include sleep spindles, the so-called 'up-down' state of slow sleep rhythms and K-complexes.
Now researchers have found that sleep spindles also play a role in strengthening new memories when newly learned information is played back to a person during sleep.
Cellular-synaptic generation of sleep spindles, spike-and-wave discharges, and evoked thalamo-cortical responses in the neocortex of the rat.
The mother does this in the following way: recall that N2 light sleep is characterized by sleep spindles and k-complexes on the electroencephalogram.
Stage Description Duration W Wakefulness ~16 hours N1 Somnolence; "drowsy," easily awakened 1-5% N2 Asleep -50% N3 Slow Wave Sleep ~7% (SWS) Transition to deep sleep N4 Slow Wave Sleep ~20-25% (SWS) Deep sleep REM1-4 Rapid Eye Movement ~20-25% Stage EEG Brainwave pattern Events and abnormalities W Alpha waves Daytime consciousness N1 Theta waves Hypnogogic twitches, hallucinations N2 Slower waves, sleep spindles, K-complexes Unconsciousness N3 <50% delta waves Melatonin peak, (SWS) night terrors, parasomnias N4 >50% delta waves Minimum core temperature, (SWS) rebounds after deprivation REM1-4 Rapid low-voltage EEG Dreaming, low muscle tone, rebounds after deprivation
In motor procedural tasks, an increase in the total number of stage II sleep spindles, especially those in the last quarter of the night, may be seen for the groups that do well on posttraining retesting (Neuron 2002;35:205-11).
While you sleep, your brain stores new information into long-term memory via sleep spindles (these are one- to two-second bursts of brain activity) associated with dreaming.
This change consists of an increase in sleep spindles, resulting in faster sleep onset times and improved sleep maintenance.
Wixted determined that a sleep feature known as sleep spindles - bursts of brain activity that last for a second or less during a specific stage of sleep - are important for emotional memory.
These waves are called sleep spindles, and scientists have suspected their involvement in cataloging and storing memories as we sleep.
Earlier research found a correlation between sleep spindles - bursts of brain activity that last for a second or less during a specific stage of sleep - and consolidation of memories that depend on the hippocampus.
The study -- "Pharmacologically Increasing Sleep Spindles Enhances Recognition for Negative and High-arousal Memories" -- appears in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.
The rocking bed also had a lasting effect on brain activity, increasing slow oscillations and bursts of activity known as sleep spindles.
We found that by measuring brain waves during sleep, we could learn a lot about how well a person's brain can block the negative effects of sounds; the more sleep spindles your brain produces, the more likely you'll stay asleep, even when confronted with noise," said Jeffrey Ellenbogen of Harvard Medical School.