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Exercise and Brain Function

Submission deadline: 21 February 2023
Special Issue Editor
  • Margalida Coll-Andreu, PhD
    Univ Autonoma Barcelona, Inst Neurociencies, Dept Psicobiol & Metodol Ciencies Salut, Barcelona, Spain
    Interests: exercise; cognitive function; traumatic brain injury; stroke rehabilitation
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Physical exercise induces a wide variety of effects on brain tissue and function. 

The neural effects of exercise are initiated in the muscles through the release of myokines, which give rise to a complex signaling cascade. This cascade ultimately leads to a wide variety of neural changes that include, but are not limited to, increased neurogenesis and neuroplasticity, regulation of neuroinflammatory responses, preservation of myelin, reduction of secondary injury, etc. Exercise can help improve cognitive function and emotional states, and attenuate the cognitive impairment associated with aging and brain damage.

Despite all the available data, there are many unsolved questions. For example: what are the specific parameters of exercise (amount, frequency, intensity, etc.) that can be more beneficial or detrimental? What are the differences between aerobic exercise and other kinds of exercise regarding their effects on brain function? How do the epigenetic effects of exercise vary depending on the individual’s genetic background? Do the neural, cognitive, and emotional effects of exercise vary depending on sex/gender, age, etc.? When and how should exercise interventions begin after brain injury? The answer to these and other questions will help define personalized and individualized exercise prescriptions.

In this Special Issue, we invite the submission of original research or review articles that address the effects of different kinds of exercise on brain function both in animals and humans, as well as both in health and disease.

Dr. Margalida Coll-Andreu
Guest Editor

physical exercise
cognitive function
emotional regulation
adult neurogenesis
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