Aging, Exercise, and Brain Plasticity

Sunday, 16 February 2014
Grand Ballroom A (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Kirk Erickson , University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Evidence from neuroscience, psychology, and kinesiology suggests that physical activity is effective as both a prevention and treatment for cognitive dysfunction throughout the lifespan. A conceptual model for underlying mechanisms will organize empirical findings showing that physical activity decreases the risk for brain disorders, improves cognitive and brain function, and increases regional brain volume. Physical activity is an important modifiable lifestyle that has consequences for learning, memory, and brain health.