Can Exercise Change Your Brain?

Brandon Alderman (Exercise Science and Sport Studies)

Almost everyone knows that exercise is good for them, yet most people are inactive. A more effective approach to get people off the couch and moving might be to inform them of the mental and cognitive health benefits of exercise. In this seminar, we will explore the underlying neurobiological mechanisms that help to explain the beneficial effects of exercise on brain health, covering topics from depression to ADD to Alzheimer's. We will also explore the paradoxical effect of physical inactivity despite scientific claims of a "feel better" phenomenon following exercise.