Speculative Diversion: On the Timing of Physical Exercise For Improved Long-Term Memory Formation? (BBC News / Current Biology)

Summary

Research at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, based in the Netherlands, appears to show that intensive physical exercise timed around four hours following learning can be beneficial for improving the ability to remember information subsequently (in healthy persons). Chemicals produced in the body during physical exercise, such as dopamine and norepinephrine, are thought to have a role in improving memory formation.

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Exercise four hours after learning ‘boosts memory’. London: BBC Health News, June 17th 2016.

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van Dongen, EV. Kersten, IHP. [and] Wagner, IC. [et al] (2016). Physical exercise performed four hours after learning improves memory retention and increases hippocampal pattern similarity during retrieval. Current Biology. July 11th 2016. 26, 1–6.

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