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Here you have Sharp­Brains’ 5 most pop­u­lar arti­cles on the brain, cog­ni­tion and aerobic/ phys­i­cal exer­cise since 2006. Remem­ber that you can sub­scribe to our free month­ly Newslet­ter to receive new arti­cles on the top­ic.

The brain virtues of phys­i­cal exer­cise
- By Dr. Adri­an Pre­da
Let me start with a list of com­mon bias­es: expen­sive is bet­ter than cheap, free is of dubi­ous val­ue (why would then be free?), rare is like­ly to be valu­able, and while new is bet­ter than old, ancient is always best. Which explains a com­mon sce­nario that is reen­act­ed about twice a week in my office. It starts like this: a patient shows me a fan­cy look­ing bot­tle of the brain sup­ple­ment of the week[…]
Phys­i­cal Exer­cise and Brain Health
- By Dr. Pas­cale Mich­e­lon
What is the con­nec­tion between phys­i­cal and men­tal exer­cis­es? Do they have addi­tive effects on brain health? Are they redundant?Let’s start by review­ing what we know about the effects of phys­i­cal exer­cise on the brain and cog­ni­tive per­for­mance. Ear­ly stud­ies com­pared groups of peo­ple who exer­cised to groups of peo­ple who did not exer­cise much. Results showed that peo­ple who exer­cised usu­al­ly had bet­ter per­for­mance in a range of cog­ni­tive tasks com­pared to non-exer­cis­ers.[…]
Waltz­ing Your Way to Phys­i­cal and Men­tal Fit­ness
- By Car­o­line Lath­am
“From a mind-body per­spec­tive, any­thing you do suc­cess­ful­ly on the phys­i­cal end will pos­i­tive­ly affect your men­tal and emo­tion­al states.” com­ment­ed Jen­ny Suss­er, Ph.D., a sports psy­chol­o­gist at the Women’s Sports Med­i­cine Cen­ter at New York City’s Hos­pi­tal for Spe­cial Surgery, a lead­ing cen­ter for sports med­i­cine. The arti­cle goes on to say:[…]
Exer­cis­ing the body is exer­cis­ing the mind
- By Dr. Adri­an Pre­da
One of the most impor­tant devel­op­ment in neu­ro­science was when the offi­cial dog­ma claim­ing that there was no neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis (pro­duc­tion of new brain cells) in the adult brain was top­pled. Now we know that the brain is “plas­tic” mean­ing that, under the right cir­cum­stances, the brain can change in terms of both pro­duc­ing new cells and get­ting more cells con­nect­ed to each oth­er. […]
Art Kramer on Why We Need Walk­ing Book Clubs
- By Alvaro Fer­nan­dez
Dr. Arthur Kramer is a Pro­fes­sor in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois Depart­ment of Psy­chol­o­gy, the Cam­pus Neu­ro­science Pro­gram, the Beck­man Insti­tute, and the Direc­tor of the Bio­med­ical Imag­ing Cen­ter at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois.
I am hon­ored to inter­view him today.
Dr. Kramer, thank you for your time. Let’s start by try­ing to clar­i­fy some exist­ing mis­con­cep­tions […]

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