Short Bursts of Exercise May Prime the Brain for Learning

Short Bursts of Exercise May Prime the Brain for Learning

For the next phase of this research, Westbrook and colleagues at OHSU plan to couple specific learning tasks with acute bouts of aerobic exercise in an attempt to better understand how triggering exercise-induced Mtss1L may prime the brain for learning.

Could a “Smart Pill” Ever Make Your Brain Young Again?

Could a “Smart Pill” Ever Make Your Brain Young Again?

Taken together, these results suggest that it might someday be possible to improve the ability of human adult brains to absorb and retain new information and skills by knocking down the lynx1 molecular brake.

Exercising Your Brain Could Make Your Unborn Kids Smarter

Exercising Your Brain Could Make Your Unborn Kids Smarter

But Dr. Evgenia Kalogeraki and colleagues of Gottingen University, writing in the January 2019 issue of E-neuro, have now shown in mice that giving the young enriched sensory and motor experiences actually confers the benefits of early enrichment on their unborn progeny, regardless of whether those offspring have enriched sensorimotor experiences of their own.

Astrocytes and the Plastic Brain

Astrocytes and the Plastic Brain

For instance, after a stroke, the brain retains an incredible ability to repair its own damaged circuits, but the outcome is not always so favorable at older ages due to declining plasticity.