Use it or lose it: how neurogenesis keeps the brain fit for learning.

  title={Use it or lose it: how neurogenesis keeps the brain fit for learning.},
  author={Tracey J. Shors and Megan L Anderson and Daniel M. Curlik and Miriam S Nokia},
  journal={Behavioural brain research},
  volume={227 2},
The presence of new neurons in the adult hippocampus indicates that this structure incorporates new neurons into its circuitry and uses them for some function related to learning and/or related thought processes. Their generation depends on a variety of factors ranging from age to aerobic exercise to sexual behavior to alcohol consumption. However, most of the cells will die unless the animal engages in some kind of effortful learning experience when the cells are about one week of age. If… CONTINUE READING
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