CBS News and TIME magazine are teaming up for a five-part series on the “The Complicated, Mesmerizing World of the Brain”. The first report by CBS Evening News contributor Dr. Sanjay Gupta focused on neuroplasticity Ã¢â‚¬â€œ “the brainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ability to reorganize itself by creating new brain cells through mental and physical exercises.”
Dr. Gupta interviewed Arthur Kramer, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois who studied the effects of exercise, diet, and social and mental stimulation on older adults. According to Kramer, the break through anti-aging treatment is exercise.
We found in our study that walking will increase the volume of the brain, increase the efficiency of the brain and increase improvements in the number of cognitive functions such as memory and attention.
Kramer and McAuley’s research showed that aerobic exercise led to increased brain volume in the prefrontal and temporal cortices Ã¢â‚¬â€œ areas that show considerable age-related deterioration.
To go beyond physical exercise and look at mental exercise, Dr. Gupta also interviewed Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. of UCSF and Posit Science. Merzenich said, “The brain is actually revising itself. It is actually plastically changing itself as you develop new skills and abilities, as you learn new things.” Merzenich has been studying neuroplasticity and how the brain changes with experience since the 1980s.
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