An Enriched Environment Promotes Brain Development

* Experiments done at UC Berkeley show that the environment is very important in brain development

* Rats where put into a deprived environment (1 rat/cage, no toys) or an enriched environment (many rats/cage, lots of toys)

* Rats in the enriched environment had thicker cortexes and more synaptic contacts than those in the deprived environment

* The brain is not static- evidence shows that it can be improved with use