Neural Plasticity

Neuroscience of Exercise: Neuroplasticity and Its Behavioral Consequences


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1Medical School Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

2University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

3University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan

4Technical University Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany

5University of Chichester, West Sussex, UK


Neuroscience of Exercise: Neuroplasticity and Its Behavioral Consequences

Description

The human brain adapts to changing demands by altering its functional and structural properties (“neuroplasticity”) which enables learning and acquiring new skills. Convergent evidence from both human and animal studies suggests that enhanced physical fitness facilitates neuroplasticity of certain brain structures.

This special is being proposed in a very challenging time. There is evidence that increased physical exercise is associated with an enhancement of neurogenesis, synaptogenesis, angiogenesis, and the release of neurotrophins as well as neuroendocrinological changes. These modifications in turn correlate with beneficial cognitive and (fine) motor effects.

We invite investigators to contribute articles that will add findings to understand the neurobiological mechanisms of physical exercise resulting in positive behavioral consequences. We are interested in articles describing the effects of exercise on healthy individuals of different ages and psychiatric patients as well as on animal research.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Comparison between aerobic exercise and other types of interventions to treat mental disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety) or neurological disorders such as parkinsonism and related disorders or to enhance cognitive functioning
  • Interaction of aerobic exercise with brain derived neurotrophic factor and cortisol levels to predict neurobiological functioning in patients
  • Combination of physical and cognitive training and a possible mutual enhancement of both interventions
  • Possible biological moderators and mediators (e.g., hormones, measures of ANS activity) of physical exercise on mental health as well as cognitive and motor performance

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 3643879
  • - Editorial

Neuroscience of Exercise: Neuroplasticity and Its Behavioral Consequences

Henning Budde | Mirko Wegner | ... | Terry McMorris
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 9837321
  • - Research Article

Senior Dance Experience, Cognitive Performance, and Brain Volume in Older Women

Claudia Niemann | Ben Godde | Claudia Voelcker-Rehage
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 6205452
  • - Research Article

Acute Exercise and Motor Memory Consolidation: The Role of Exercise Timing

Richard Thomas | Mikkel Malling Beck | ... | Jesper Lundbye-Jensen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 6860573
  • - Research Article

The Effects of Acute Physical Exercise on Memory, Peripheral BDNF, and Cortisol in Young Adults

Kirsten Hötting | Nadine Schickert | ... | Maren Schmidt-Kassow
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 6817397
  • - Research Article

Differences in Cortical Representation and Structural Connectivity of Hands and Feet between Professional Handball Players and Ballet Dancers

Jessica Meier | Marlene Sofie Topka | Jürgen Hänggi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 8032180
  • - Research Article

Neural Correlates of Dual-Task Walking: Effects of Cognitive versus Motor Interference in Young Adults

Rainer Beurskens | Fabian Steinberg | ... | Urs Granacher
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 6797928
  • - Research Article

Promoting Motor Cortical Plasticity with Acute Aerobic Exercise: A Role for Cerebellar Circuits

Cameron S. Mang | Katlyn E. Brown | ... | Lara A. Boyd
Neural Plasticity
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