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Erin Johnson

Johnson, Erin. (2002, May). Environment and learning: Investigation of learning set formation and oddity concept-use in juvenile rats raised in an enriched environment.
Mentor: Dr. Aileen Bailey


The effect of environmental enrichment on learning-set formation, oddity concept use, body weight, fearfulness, activity level, level of acetylcholinesterase (AChE), and level of g -aminobutyric acid (GABA) were measured in 11 male, juvenile rats. There were no significant learning differences, in oddity concept use or learning-set formation, between the subjects raised in an enriched environment and subjects raised in a standard, control environment. The control subjects did have a more sporadic performance overall than the enriched subjects. Enriched subjects were found to weigh significantly more, were significantly more fearful as measured in the open field and were significantly less active than controls in the open field. There were no significant differences in terms of the levels of GABA between the two environmental groups. For most areas of the brain examined, there were no significant group differences in AChE, but the control subjects did have significantly higher levels in their hippocampus.

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