aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Does puberty make you stupid?

It looks like it does, at least for mice. “They devised a task that was relatively complex (at least for a mouse) and required learning how to avoid a moving platform that delivered a very mild shock."This is higher-order learning, and it takes multiple trials to learn," explains Sheryl Smith, a professor of physiology and pharmacology at Downstate. Prepubescent mice mastered the task quickly. Postpubescent mice also did quite well. But mice in the throes of puberty, which occurs at age 5 weeks, couldn't seem to get it through their furry little heads.”

Read more here about how the problem might actually be too many synapses.

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