5614 Effects of Exercise on the Brain and Cognition

Saturday, February 18, 2012: 10:00 AM
Room 202-204 (VCC West Building)
Arthur Kramer , University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
It is now an established fact that physical exercise causes neurogenesis in the hippocampus, a critical structure for learning and memory in mammals, including humans. This neurogenesis is associated with improved hippocampus-dependent learning in experimental animals. These studies will be reviewed, as well as very recent work showing that exercise alters hippocampal structure and improves spatial (hippocampus-dependent) learning in humans.
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