A Mind in Motion: The Benefits of Exercise for Mood, Memory, and Neurocognitive Longevity

dc.contributor.advisorDavenport, Rachel
dc.contributor.authorH'luz, Isaac Alfonso
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWesterberg, Carmen
dc.date.accessioned2023-08-08T13:59:12Z
dc.date.available2023-08-08T13:59:12Z
dc.date.issued2023-05
dc.description.abstractCurrent research in the field of exercise neuroscience has shown several neurological and psychological benefits to adopting a regular exercise routine in addition to the plethora of other physical benefits it confers. Exercise has been found to improve mood by decreasing depressive symptoms, increasing feelings of self-esteem and self-efficacy, decreasing the body’s physiological response to stressors, modulating neurotransmitter levels such as serotonin, and increasing the release of endogenous endorphins and endocannabinoids which relieve pain and create positive feelings of euphoria. Additionally, exercise has been shown to increase short-term, long-term, and spatial memory. Proposed mechanisms for these improvements include increased levels of neurotrophic factors that serve to increase neurogenesis, neuroplasticity, long-term potentiation, hippocampal volume, cerebral blood flow, and overall neuron health. Finally, exercise strongly correlates with decreased risk of dementia and a slowed progression of the disease in its early stages. Being active can reduce the deposition of neuron-damaging plaques, increase cerebral blood flow, strengthen and enlarge pertinent brain regions that are targeted by dementia, and increase neurotrophic factors that support neuron health. The numerous beneficial effects of exercise on the brain and the physiological mechanisms behind them are explored.
dc.description.departmentHonors College
dc.formatText
dc.format.extent45 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.identifier.citationH'Luz, I. A. (2023). A mind in motion: The benefits of exercise for mood, memory, and neurocognitive longevity. Honors College, Texas State University.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10877/17063
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectexercise
dc.subjectmood
dc.subjectlearning
dc.subjectmemory
dc.subjectdementia
dc.subjectAlzheimer's disease
dc.subjectHonors College
dc.titleA Mind in Motion: The Benefits of Exercise for Mood, Memory, and Neurocognitive Longevity
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplineBiology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
txstate.documenttypeHonors Capstone

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