Pontine Reticular Formation: Relation to Lateral Geniculate Nucleus during Deep Sleep

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Science  19 Jul 1963:
Vol. 141, Issue 3577, pp. 270-272
DOI: 10.1126/science.141.3577.270


Irregular groups of monophasic waves (seven waves per second) appear synchronously in the pontine reticular, formation and in the lateral geniculate nucleus during the deep (low-voltage, fast) phase of sleep. The geniculate potentials can be triggered by low-rate stimulation of the pontine reticular formation, but the reverse effect has never been obtained.