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About hc-24

Information about the hc-24 data set.


These data set was used in Varela & Wilson, 2019 ( to demonstrate and characterize the correlations between single cell activity in nuclei of the midline thalamus with the hallmark oscillations of non-REM sleep recorded simultaneously in the medial prefrontal cortex and the CA1 region of the hippocampus (slow oscillation, spindles, sharp-wave ripples) in behaving rats. The data set consists of recordings from three sessions, with LFPs and units from 3 different rats for a total of approximately 3.5 h of recording (52mins, session 1; 69mins session 2; 93mins session 3). During the recording the animals were allowed to rest in a quiet enclosure and cycled through bouts of wakefulness and sleep. Methods used to gather and process the data, and results from these experiments are described in:

mPFC Spindle Cycles Organize Sparse Thalamic Activation and Recently Active CA1 cells During non-REM Sleep. Varela, C; Wilson, MA.

Format of the data

The data is stored in Matlab files. The format is described in the document linked to at the bottom of this page. Total data size is about 101 MB.

Conditions for usage of this data in publications

The authors welcome collaborations based on these data. Consultation with the authors prior to using the data is appreciated (, If you publish work using the data, please cite our publication (Varela & Wilson, 2019) and also the data set using the following:

Carmen Varela, Matthew A. Wilson (2019); Simultaneous extracellular recordings from midline thalamic nuclei, medial prefrontal cortex and CA1 from rats cycling through bouts of sleep and wakefulness.

The above citation uses a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) which is assigned to the data set.  The DOI was created using DataCite ( and the California Digital Library, "EZID" system (

How to download the data

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Getting help using the data

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