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

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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 And a recession is exactly what Wall Street fears as the overstimulated economy forces up inflation and interest rates. Anchorage Daily News, "The autopsy of a lie," 13 Feb. 2018 Inside, there's soothing bubble art on the walls and tactile displays that can calm an overstimulated mind. CBS News, "How sports venues are striving to serve the needs of autistic children," 27 Jan. 2018 There, a hodgepodge group of Brooklynites tried to coax overstimulated kittens onto our laps while we were taught how trapping works. Jessica Roy, The Cut, "The Best Hobby Is Something That Has Absolutely Nothing to Do With Your Job," 12 Jan. 2018 This is an album-length requiem for the overstimulated and the under-inspired, an ode to the numb generation. Patrick Cooley, cleveland.com, "'The X-Files' 11th season to have fewer mythology episodes: Why that's a good thing," 9 Aug. 2017 This an album-length requiem for the overstimulated and the under-inspired, an ode to the numb generation. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Arcade Fire latest is 'Everything' except all that good," 28 July 2017

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1798, in the meaning defined above

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