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.

Enriched environment prevents dark rearing effects in the visual cortex / BARTOLETTI A; MEDINI P; N. BERARDI; MAFFEI L.. - In: NATURE NEUROSCIENCE. - ISSN 1097-6256. - STAMPA. - 7(3):(2004), pp. 215-216. [10.1038/nn1201]

Enriched environment prevents dark rearing effects in the visual cortex.

BERARDI, NICOLETTA;
2004

Abstract

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.
2004
7(3)
215
216
BARTOLETTI A; MEDINI P; N. BERARDI; MAFFEI L.
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