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Brain Function and Psychotropic Drugs$
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Heather Ashton

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780192622426

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192622426.001.0001

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Arousal and sleep systems

Arousal and sleep systems

(p.10) (p.11) 2. Arousal and sleep systems
Brain Function and Psychotropic Drugs

Heather Ashton

Oxford University Press

The arousal and sleep systems interact with other functional systems and generate patterns of neural activity which may at times have an asymmetric hemispherical distribution. They utilize many transmitters and employ multiple redundant back-up systems. They are subject to malfunction, as manifested in anxiety states and sleep disorders, and they are very sensitive to centrally-acting drugs. This chapter describes the neurological organization of these systems.

Keywords:   arousal, sleep, functional system, neural activity, sleep disorders, neurological organization, anxiety states

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