Scientists at McMaster University have recently discovered that high-intensity exercise, in addition to the known health advantages, has actually been seen to improve memory as well. These findings were the result of a research study that was recently published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. The study looked at 95 young adults and had them to perform 20 minutes of interval training, high-intensity bouts of strenuous physical activity. After just six weeks of intensively exercising, it was discovered that there were significant enhancements in the “high-interference” memory of the individuals tested. The participants found that they had a higher memory performance over a relatively short period of time. It was also concluded that those who saw a higher increase in “Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)”, which is a protein that is released during exercise that promotes the growth, function, and survival of brain cells, were the same individuals who experienced “greater fitness gains”. The researchers recommend using both physical and mental exercise in tandem with each other to create the most optimal memory boosting. They have only recently begun to examine older adults to see if the effects translate to that age group.
ORIGINAL SOURCE: The MIT Press Journals
AUTHOR(S): Jennifer J. Heisz, Ilana B. Clark, Katija Bonin, Emily M. Paolucci, Bernadeta Michalski, Suzanna Becker and Margaret Fahnestock
DATE RETRIEVED: Monday November 27, 2017