Early handling increases hippocampal long-term potentiation in young rats

D. A. Wilson, J. Willner, E. M. Kurz, L. Nadel

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The hippocampal formation undergoes major anatomical and physiological changes postnatally, and thus might be expected to be particularly sensitive to early handling effects. Long-term potentiation (LTP) in the hippocampal formation, a form of brain plasticity thought to be important in learning and memory, was examined in young rats following early handling or control treatments. The amplitude of LTP was reliably greater in rats receiving the early handling regime. Possible mechanisms and consequences of enhanced LTP were discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-227
Number of pages5
JournalBehavioural Brain Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1986


  • behavioral development
  • handling effect
  • hippocampal development
  • long-term potentiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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