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Excessive Sensory Stimulation during Development Alters Neural Plasticity and Vulnerability to Cocaine in Mice

Early life experiences affect the formation of neuronal networks, which can have a profound impact on brain function and behavior later in life. Previous work has shown that mice exposed to excessive sensory stimulation during development are hyperactive, novelty-seeking and display impaired cognition compared to controls. In this study, we addressed the issue of whether excessive sensory stimulation during development could alter behaviors related to addiction and underlying circuitry in CD-1 mice. We found that the reinforcing properties of cocaine were significantly enhanced in mice exposed to excessive sensory stimulation. Moreover, although these mice displayed hyperactivity that became more pronounced over time, they showed impaired persistence of cocaine-induced locomotor sensitization. These behavioral effects were associated with alterations in glutamatergic transmission in the nucleus accumbens and amygdala. Together, these findings suggest that excessive sensory stimulation in early life significantly alters drug reward and the neural circuits that regulate addiction and attention-deficit hyperactivity. These observations highlight the consequences of early-life experiences and may have important implications for children growing up in today’s complex technological environment.

Significance Statement: Environmental stimulation in the form of enrichment has been shown to be beneficial for brain development and behavior. Although this has been broadly interpreted as stimulating the developing brain is positive, recent work demonstrates that sensory stimulation can in fact have negative consequences, particularly if it is non-normative, extensive and presented during development. This research adds to existing knowledge on the impact of early-life experiences and provides fundamental insights into how environmental factors during development can shape the brain and behavior. At a point where childhood and adolescence is increasingly dominated by exposure to audio-visual media, we believe our findings build the case for further investigation on the effects of extended exposure to sensory experiences in early life.
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Sightsmap

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Sightseeing popularity heatmaps for the whole world, based on Panoramio photos, Wikipedia and FourSquare.
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25 Websites that will make you look like a Genius

25 Websites that will make you look like a Genius | Random Sites I Like | Scoop.it
There are countless websites out there that are geared to make you smarter and more brilliant for either a low or no cost. Here are just 25 killer websites.
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Ski jumping is a sport most people will never have a chance to take part in. Anders Jacobsen attached a GoPro camera to his skis while ‘flying‘ in Lillehammer, Norway.

Ski jumping is a sport most people will never have a chance to take part in. Anders Jacobsen attached a GoPro camera to his skis while ‘flying‘ in Lillehammer, Norway. | Random Sites I Like | Scoop.it
Ski jumping is a sport most people will never have a chance to take part in.
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Mind-Blowing Spinning Chocolate Illusion

Check out this incredible chocolate display illusion filmed at a candy factory exhibit in Melbourne, Australia.
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Free Excel Downloads. Excel Functions and VBA (Visual Basic for Applications)

ree Excel Downloads. Excel Functions and VBA (Visual Basic for Applications)
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The 15 Best Websites, According to Redditors

The 15 Best Websites, According to Redditors | Random Sites I Like | Scoop.it
Unraveling the ever-changing World Wide Web to find the very best websites can be a daunting and time consuming task. Or, you could just ask Reddit.
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DUMB WAYS TO DIE IN GTA V (PARODY)

DUMB WAYS TO DIE IN GTA V (PARODY) | Random Sites I Like | Scoop.it
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Brain stethoscope will use music to help identify epileptic seizures (Wired UK)

Brain stethoscope will use music to help identify epileptic seizures (Wired UK) | Random Sites I Like | Scoop.it
An artistic project developed by two researchers at Stanford University has turned into a quest to build a biofeedback tool that will help identify epileptic seizures through music

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It's been interesting to see this line of research develop - from people making music from stars, or quantum physics to any kind of Brownian motion expressed as different tones.  However, when you listen to them they all sound pretty weird and odd and really only reflect the musical underpinning that the researcher puts into the program .  This though is slightly different as the researchers are looking at the difference in brainwave patterns between a brain at rest and when it is having a seizure - the music is noticeably different.  Apparently knowing when someone is having a seizure is big problem and this approach could open a few doors.  good stuff!

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Kinetic sand - Imgur

Imgur is home to the web's most popular image content, curated in real time by a dedicated community through commenting, voting and sharing.
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The Wilderness Downtown

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Check out Arcade Fire's new interactive HTML5 music experience, “The Wilderness Downtown”.
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Sweet interactive video that works with google maps to give you a personalized music video... pretty cool!

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5 Steps to Learning How to Speed Read in 20 minutes

5 Steps to Learning How to Speed Read in 20 minutes | Random Sites I Like | Scoop.it
Imagine how much time you would save if you could double, even triple, your reading speed. The average American reads between 200-300 words per minute (wpm), and has been reading at that same rate
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How to Completely Anonymize Your BitTorrent Traffic with a Proxy

How to Completely Anonymize Your BitTorrent Traffic with a Proxy | Random Sites I Like | Scoop.it
BitTorrent isn't the quiet haven it once was. These days, everyone's looking to throttle your connection, spy on what you're downloading, or even send you an ominous letter. If you use BitTorrent, you absolutely need to take precautions to hide your identity. Here's how to do that with a simple proxy.
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The 25 Best Documentaries You Can Login To Netflix And Stream Right Now

The 25 Best Documentaries You Can Login To Netflix And Stream Right Now | Random Sites I Like | Scoop.it
The top 25 documentaries available to stream on Netflix right now, including Blackfish, The Square, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and more.
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POV Crane Climb in Southampton, UK with James Kingston - GoPro - YouTube

http://www.jameskingston.co.uk When asked why he went up there to die, he replied: "I didn't go up there to die. I went up there to live." Add me on Facebook...
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11 Scenarios Where Certain Disaster Was Avoided

11 Scenarios Where Certain Disaster Was Avoided | Random Sites I Like | Scoop.it
It could have ended in total disaster, but right at the last split second the crisis was averted. In the following eleven scenarios the outcome seems certain but just when all hope appeared lost, f...
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deadmau5 lights up London with amazing 4D projection - NOKIA Lumia Live

On Monday 28th November Nokia Lumia 800 with Windows phone http://nokia.ly/uBVXxw brought deadmau5 and the world's most advanced 4D technology together and c...
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What Happens when a Badass Motherf*cker gets a GoPro?

What Happens when a Badass Motherf*cker gets a GoPro? | Random Sites I Like | Scoop.it
A Russian film director gives the popular GoPro camera a workout in this violent and engaging music video for rock band Biting Elbows.
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Guys rig up buddies plumbing with beer while he's out

Guys rig up buddies plumbing with beer while he's out | Random Sites I Like | Scoop.it
Some buddies rig up the plumbing of a friends house with beer while he's away.
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