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Adolescent sleep molds adult social preferences

Nature Neuroscience – Issue – nature.com science feeds
Jenna A. McHenry

Nature Neuroscience, Published online: 30 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41593-022-01103-8

Sleep disruption is a common but poorly understood feature of neurodevelopmental disorders including autism spectrum disorder. A study by Bian et al. reveals that sleep disruption in adolescent mice leads to long-lasting changes in social novelty preferences. Importantly, these perturbations can be restored through balanced actions in midbrain dopamine systems.