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Exercise Builds the Brain

Posted Mar 28 2011 10:08pm
Posted on 2011-03-28 06:00:00 in Brain and Mental Performance | Exercise | Stress |
Exercise Builds the Brain

Since the 1960s, scientific research has revealed that adult brain cells can regenerate – a process known as neurogenesis.  Suk-Yu Yau, from China Medical University Hospital (Taiwan), and colleagues have discovered that neurogenesis in linked to the benefits of exercise as a stress reducer. In that previous research has shown that exercise can improve mood and cognition and has also demonstrated that a deficit in adult neurogenesis may result in depressive disorders, the team’s examined the relationship between exercise as a way of combating stress and the possibility that exercise may promote neurogenesis. According to the researchers, one important adult brain area that is a “neurogenic zone” is the hippocampus, an area involved in memory and emotional regulation. The role of new neurons in hippocampal functions is not well defined, but the team reports that: "Recent findings suggest that hippocampal neurogenesis plays a role in the beneficial effects of exercise in countering stress.”

Yau, S-K.; Lau, B. W-M.; So, K-F. “Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis: A Possible Way How Physical Exercise Counteracts Stress.” Cell Transplantation 20(1):99-111(13); 2011.


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