Exercise Boosts Brain Power, New Studies Suggest

Anyone who trains for a marathon knows that individual running workouts add up over time to yield a big improvement in physical fitness. So, it should not be surprising that the cognitive benefits from workouts also accumulate to yield long-term cognitive gains. Yet, until now, there was has been little research to describe and support the underlying neurobiology. In new work being presented this week about the effects of exercise on the brain at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) March 23-26, 2019 in San Francisco (https://www.cogneurosociety.org/annual-meeting/), researchers are finding that brain changes that occur after a single workout are predictive of what happens with sustained physical training over time. "There is a strong and direct link between physical activity and how your brain works," says Wendy Suzuki (http://www.cns.nyu.edu/corefaculty/Suzuki.php), PhD, Professor of Neural Science at New York University (NYU), who chaired a symposium on the topic at CNS . Titled "Imaging the Immediate and Long-Term Effects of Exercise in Humans" (https://www.cogneurosociety.org/mycns/?mtpage=invited_symposia#1) the symposium featured talks by Dr. Michelle Voss and Dr. Michelle Carlson, as well as by Dr. Michael Yassa and Dr. Emrah Duzel. More than 1,500 scientists attended the CNS annual meeting.
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