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Neuroscience of Exercise: Neuroplasticity and Its Behavioral Consequences

Neuroscience of Exercise: Neuroplasticity and Its Behavioral Consequences

Title: Neuroscience of Exercise: Neuroplasticity and Its Behavioral Consequences
Author: Budde, Henning   orcid.org/0000-0002-7837-1990
Wegner, Mirko
Soya, Hideaki   orcid.org/0000-0002-3061-4375
Voelcker-Rehage, Claudia   orcid.org/0000-0001-5398-4099
McMorris, Terry
Date: 2016
Language: English
Scope: 3643879
University/Institute: Háskólinn í Reykjavík
Reykjavik University
School: Tækni- og verkfræðideild (HR)
School of Science and Engineering (RU)
Department: Physical Activity, Physical Education, Health and Sport Research Centre (PAPESH)
Series: Neural Plasticity;2016
ISSN: 2090-5904
1687-5443 (eISSN)
DOI: 10.1155/2016/3643879
Subject: Neuroscience; Physical activity; Research; Hreyfing (heilsurækt); Taugavísindi; Rannsóknir
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/902

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Henning Budde, Mirko Wegner, Hideaki Soya, Claudia Voelcker-Rehage, and Terry McMorris, “Neuroscience of Exercise: Neuroplasticity and Its Behavioral Consequences,” Neural Plasticity, vol. 2016, Article ID 3643879, 3 pages, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/3643879.


The human brain adapts to changing demands by altering its functional and structural properties (neuroplasticity) which results in learning and acquiring skills. Convergent evidence from both human and animal studies suggests that enhanced physical exercise facilitates neuroplasticity of certain brain structures and as a result cognitive functions [1] as well as affective [2] and behavioral responses [3]. This special issue is being proposed at a very challenging time. There is evidence linking increased physical exercise with an enhancement of neurogenesis, synaptogenesis, angiogenesis, and the release of neurotrophins as well as neuroendocrinological changes, which are associated with benefits in cognitive and affective as well as behavioral functioning (such as fine motor functioning).


Copyright © 2016 Henning Budde et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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