Journal article

Enriched environments, experience-dependent plasticity and disorders of the nervous system

Jess Nithianantharajah, Anthony J Hannan

NATURE REVIEWS NEUROSCIENCE | NATURE PORTFOLIO | Published : 2006

Abstract

Behavioural, cellular and molecular studies have revealed significant effects of enriched environments on rodents and other species, and provided new insights into mechanisms of experience-dependent plasticity, including adult neurogenesis and synaptic plasticity. The demonstration that the onset and progression of Huntington's disease in transgenic mice is delayed by environmental enrichment has emphasized the importance of understanding both genetic and environmental factors in nervous system disorders, including those with Mendelian inheritance patterns. A range of rodent models of other brain disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, fragile X and Down syndrome, a..

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