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Social experience alters the expression of genes related to synaptic function and plasticity, induces elaborations in the morphology of neural structures throughout the brain (Volkmar and Greenough, 1972; Greenough et al., 1978; Technau, 2007), improves cognitive and behavioral performance (Pham et al., 1999a; Toscano et al., 2006) and alters subsequent sleep (Ganguly-Fitzgerald et al., 2006). In this review, we discuss the plastic mechanisms that are induced in response to social experience and how social enrichment can provide insight into the biological functions of sleep.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/S0065-2660(09)68003-2

Type

Journal article

Journal

Adv Genet

Publication Date

2009

Volume

68

Pages

57 - 81

Keywords

Animals, Behavior, Animal, Neuronal Plasticity, Sleep, Social Behavior