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Exercise and the Brain: Reasons to Run

Henriette van Praag, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biomedical Science,
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

In rodents aerobic activity, running or swimming, increases the production of new neurons in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus.
Aerobic activity promotes the genesis of new neurons in rodents. In humans, walking or running interventions can promote cognitive function. There is some research pertaining to scuba and cognition.
Both can have beneficial effects on brain function in humans.
High stress levels are not considered beneficial for brain function.

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