Prof. Wendy Suzuki

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The other day, I came across, via The Conversation article, a TED Talks YouTube video by Dr. Wendy Suzuki, a Professor of neuroscience at New York University. After watching her very inspiring talk about the lasting benefits of exercises on our brain and how exercise changed her own life, inspired me to dig more into her work.

Wendy is also popular science communicator and is the author of Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better.

Exercise and the Brain

Wendy’s Wikipedia page describes her focus on the impact of exercise on the brain as follows:

Her group is working to develop a “prescription” for the right amount of exercise to maximize brain activity for a range of purposes including; learning, aging, memory, attention, and mood.To support that work, the Suzuki lab is researching the kinds of exercise that enhance cognition among adults. Her group has found evidence that acute aerobic exercise can improve prefrontal cortex activity, which is the part of the brain that contributes to personality development. Suzuki is also investigating how best to incorporate exercise to treat mood and cognitive disorders. Her group has found that a combined regimen of exercise and self-affirmation interventions can enhance the cognitive capabilities and mood of patients with traumatic brain injury.

Some of her Wendy Suzuki’s interesting videos on exercises include:

Source: Wendy Suzuki website
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