Nicotine exposure alters activity-dependent synaptic plasticity processes. Effects on learning and memory outcomes, and the synaptic changes that underlie them, are well-documented. Parallels in hippocampal and visual system pharmacology suggest that nicotine has the potential to alter activity-dependent structural organization in visual areas. Such alterations may contribute to deficits in visual performance reported in smoking exposed individuals.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Brain Research Bulletin|
|State||Published - Nov 25 2008|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The work of the author was supported by grants from the Tobacco and Health Research Institute and the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences.
- Nicotinic receptor
- Optic tectum
- Visual cortex
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Neuroscience (all)