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Archive for July 14, 2015

Intellectual pursuits may buffer the brain against addiction

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New study of mice finds that intellectual pursuits can make us more resistant to the lure of drugs Image credit goes to: Emily Strange)

Challenging the idea that addiction is hardwired in the brain, a new study┬ásuggests that even a short time spent in a stimulating learning environment can rewire the brain’s reward system and buffer it against drug dependence.┬áScientists tracked cocaine cravings in more than 70 adult male mice and found that those rodents whose daily drill included exploration, learning and finding hidden tasty morsels were less likely than their enrichment-deprived counterparts to seek solace in a chamber where they had been given cocaine.

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