overstimulated

adjective
over·​stim·​u·​lat·​ed | \ ˌō-vər-ˈstim-yə-ˌlā-təd How to pronounce overstimulated (audio) \

Definition of overstimulated

: excessively stimulated The brain, responding to higher than normal dopamine levels, gets overstimulated.— Robert Wilbur Sleep time is quite a problem for overstimulated children and their parents. A recent Brown University study of 494 elementary-school children found that 375 of them had trouble associated with sleep.— Joseph Pereira

Examples of overstimulated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The windows of the buildings reflected the light down into my overstimulated eyes, incubating me. Juneameliarose, Longreads, "The Coastal Shelf," 25 Mar. 2020 And with the virtual format, overstimulated guests can pass out in the privacy of their home. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Inside the virtual fashion party scene, where supermodels may materialize and your clothes don’t matter," 30 June 2020 As the calendar moves into deep December and early January, those hearty greetings become less jovial and the Grinch beckons because of hectic schedules, overstimulated kids and credit card bills in the mail. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The holiday season is upon us. Enjoy it while it lasts.," 30 Oct. 2019 Sargent notes that overstimulated environments are typical of tech headquarters in Silicon Valley. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "Does the color of your office walls promote neurodiversity?," 6 Nov. 2019 Even in an overstimulated metropolis where residents are known for their indifference to spectacle, hordes of people will pack the streets along the East River, poke their heads out windows or climb to rooftops to gawk on Thursday. Jake Michaels, New York Times, "The Crazy Planning for the Macy’s Fireworks Show Begins in the California Desert," 2 July 2019 After a ten-day break, the researchers put the overstimulated mice through their paces in a series of tests like maze navigation and object recognition and compared their results to mice that hadn’t been exposed to the cartoons and light. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "What do we actually know about the risks of screen time and digital media?," 17 Oct. 2018 My brain will get really overstimulated really easily. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Julia Michaels: Songwriting Is Like "Getting naked to people you don’t know"," 26 May 2017 This is not to say that the same is true in humans or that overstimulated kids will turn to drugs, but addiction relies on reward networks in the brain and habit formation. Erik Vance, Scientific American, "Sorry, Mom and Dad, Toys Cannot Supercharge Your Baby," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of overstimulated

1798, in the meaning defined above

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“Overstimulated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overstimulated. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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