Brain: Response to Enrichment

Janice M. Juraska, Leslie M. Wise

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Enriched environments with opportunities for social and object interactions improve performance on complex behavioral tasks and the structure of the brain in rodents when compared with individuals housed alone or in small social groups. Although the largest changes can be seen in young animals, enrichment can induce plasticity at any point in the lifespan. Recent studies indicate that enrichment ameliorates neural problems and that the effects can be extended to primates, including humans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • Aging
  • Dendrite
  • Enriched environment
  • Environment
  • Exercise
  • Hippocampus
  • Isolation
  • Maze
  • Sex difference
  • Social
  • Synapse
  • Visual cortex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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