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Environmental enrichment prevents effects of dark-rearing in the rat visual cortex
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
2004 (English)In: Nature Neuroscience, ISSN 1097-6256, E-ISSN 1546-1726, Vol. 7, no 3, 215-216 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Environmental enrichment potentiates neural plasticity, enhancing acquisition and consolidation of memory traces. In the sensory cortices, after cortical circuit maturation and sensory function acquisition are completed, neural plasticity declines and the critical period 'closes'. In the visual cortex, this process can be prevented by dark-rearing, and here we show that environmental enrichment can promote physiological maturation and consolidation of visual cortical connections in dark-reared rats, leading to critical period closure.

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2004. Vol. 7, no 3, 215-216 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-79144DOI: 10.1038/nn1201PubMedID: 14966527OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-79144DiVA: diva2:641488
Available from: 2013-08-17 Created: 2013-08-09 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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