How Does an Enriched Environment Affect the Brain?Published on Jul 24, 2015
By Wendy Suzuki - Wendy received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley in the Department of Physiology/Anatomy and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from U.C. San Diego. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before starting her faculty position in the Center for Neural Science at New York University in 1998.
Her research focuses on two main questions. First, she is interested in understanding how our brains allow us to learn and retain new long-term memories for facts and events, called “declarative” memory. Second, she is interested in understanding whether exercise can actually make you smarter. To address this latter question she examines how increased aerobic activity modulates the brain basis of learning memory and cognition.
Wendy is a recipient of numerous grants and awards for her research including the Lindsley Prize from the Society for Neuroscience, the prestigious Troland Research award from the National Academy of Sciences and NYU’s Golden Dozen Teaching award. She is also a popular lecturer at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition to research and teaching she is also passionate about supporting women in science.She has teamed with Gaby Jordan, President of the Education Division of the Handel Group to found an organization called “Empowering Women in Science” that is currently running leadership training seminars for students and faculty at universities around the country. Wendy has also been featured in Anne Leibovitz’s photographic essay book entitled “Women”
Wendy Suzuki provides examples of how new brain cells form as the result of an enriched environment. She tells the story of her student year abroad in France and talks about how immersion in a different culture, or even new cuisine can affect the brain in a positive way.
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Melbourne Conversations: Your Brain - How it can Change, Develop and ImprovePublished on Apr 23, 2013
SSTattler: The 3rd lecture is by Ms Emma Burrows and talks about "how an enriched environment..."; I set start 36:45 minutes to the 3rd lecture.
Your Brain: How it can change, develop and improve.
An astonishing new scientific discovery called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the adult human brain is fixed and unchanging. It is, instead, able to change its own structure and function, even into old age.
Dr Norman Doidge, M.D.
Is a research psychiatrist and psychoanalyst on the faculty at the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Centre in New York and the University of Toronto, as well as an award-winning writer. He has presented his scientific research at the White House.
Professor Frederick Mendelsohn AO
Is the Director of the Howard Florey Institute, Florey Neuroscience Institutes and R Douglas Wright Professor of Experimental Physiology and Medicine at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of more than 300 research publications and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. His leadership has seen the Howard Florey Institute become Australia's largest neuroscience institute, recognised internationally for its innovative research. Widely recognised for his advocacy of medical research, Professor Mendelsohn also works to raise public awareness of medical research by addressing community and business groups.
Ms Emma Burrows
Is currently completing her 3rd year of her PhD studies at the Florey Neuroscience Institute, working with Associate Professor Tony Hannan in the Neural Plasticity laboratory. Through her research she is investigating how an enriched environment can cause changes in the brain.
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Environmental Design at ArtCenter College of DesignPublished on Feb 19, 2016
At the intersection of many disciplines including architecture, urban design, industrial design, graphic design, furniture design, and interior design, Environmental Design is about the big picture—approaching the spatial experience from the inside out and considering where and how people live, work, and play. Environmental Design students at ArtCenter gain a diverse educational experience enriched by transdisciplinary courses, study-abroad opportunities, and sponsored projects.
A film by Hello Design.
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Environmental Enrichment Rescues Precocious Critical PeriodPublished on Oct 2, 2013
Critical periods are developmental time windows when neural circuits in the brain are shaped by experience. Jianhua Cang and colleagues show that a precocious critical period disrupts the matching of binocular information in mouse visual cortex and the deficit can be rescued by environmental enrichment during development, likely through epigenetic mechanisms. For more information, see Wang et al., Neuron 80(1).
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DIY: Easy Environmental Enrichment for DogsPublished on May 16, 2012
Many dogs truly enjoy ripping things up. Not because they are being 'dominant' or vengeful, it's just plain fun! If your dog has a need to rip up paper or cardboard, give him or her an appropriate way to do it with this easy environmental enrichment DIY for dogs.
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Chimpanzees - Environmental EnrichmentPublished on Aug 12, 2013
Juan Vicente Martinez, curator of terrestrial mammals & head keeper, explains all the details about the environmental enrichment for the chimpanzees.
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Environmental EnrichmentPublished on May 26, 2015
Environmental enrichment is the stimulation of the brain by its physical and social surroundings. Brains in richer, more stimulating environments have higher rates of synaptogenesis and more complex dendrite arbors, leading to increased brain activity.
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