7 May 2009

Neurogenesis in Bear, Connors, & Michael, Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain

by Corry Shores
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Bear, Connors, & Michael

Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain

Research in the past few years by Fred Gage at the Salk Institute has established definitively that new neurons are generated in the adult rat hippocampus, a structure that is important for learning and memory. Interestingly, the number of new neurons goes up in this region if the animal is exposed to an enriched environment, filled with toys and playmates.

Hippocampal neurogenesis is not restricted to rats; Gage has found evidence that the same holds true for humans.

Bear, Mark. F., Barry W. Connors, & Michael A. Paradiso.Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain. London: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.

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