Trends in health, aging, exercise science, neuroscience and meditation
Enriched Environments. Exercise helps our brain work better but also create more synaptic connections. When our brains and bodies are in these enriched environments we are happier and in better shape than if we were in sedentary locations. Here is one of the most important studies showing the implications of exercise for brain health.
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Cardiovascular activity is connected with intelligence: exercise your beautiful heart. Can our heart makes us smarter? Charles Hillman Ph.D is a top scientist studying the connection of the heart on cognitive function. Here is groundbreaking study:
4.-Jen, C. J., and H.-I. Chen. “Differential effects of treadmill running and wheel running on spatial or aversive learning and memory: Roles of amygdalar brain-derived neurotrophic factor and synaptotagmin.” Journal of Physiology 587 (July 1, 2009): 3221–3231.
1- Biomechanics and whole body movements: the more muscles we use the better for a greater health/ Cardiovascular activity not only help us get fit but also get smarter.
. A study from Harvard University concluded that lack of brain activity between different areas of the brain means faster aging.
“Disruption of Large-Scale Brain Systems in Advanced Aging.” Jessica R. Andrews-Hanna, Abraham Z. Snyder, Justin L. Vincent, Cindy Lustig, Denise Head, Marcus E. Raichle, and Randy L. Buckner. Neuron, Vol 56, 924-935, 06 December 2007.
Brain foods: the effects of nutrients on brain function Nat Rev Neurosci. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2010 January 12. Published in final edited form as: Nat Rev Neurosci. 2008 July; 9(7): 568–578.doi: 10.1038/nrn2421
Practices like physical exercise, certain forms of psychological counseling and meditation can all change brains for the better, and these changes can be measured with the tools of modern neuroscience, according to a review article now online at Nature Neuroscience to keep reading click here
Experiential factors shape the neural circuits underlying social and emotional behavior from the prenatal period to the end of life. These factors include both incidental influences, such as early adversity, and intentional influences can be produced
The effect of meditation on brain structure: cortical thickness mapping and diffusion tensor imaging. Source Department of Psychiatry, Seoul National University College of Medicine, 101 Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-744, Republic of Korea. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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