Neurons, thinking cells, are generated in the mature mammalian layer of the human brain, in the hippocampus, every day. However, their production is influenced by a number of different environmental factors. For example, the consumption of alcohol has been shown to retard the generation of new neurons. (Shors, Tracey J. “Saving New Bain Cells.” Scientific American, p 47-48, March 2009)

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