Special Issue "Exercise and Brain Function"

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A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2012)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Quincy J. Almeida
Sun Life Financial Movement Disorders Research & Rehabilitation Centre, Faculty of Science, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5, Canada
Website: http://www.wlu.ca/homepage.php?grp_id=465&ct_id=349&f_id=2234
E-Mail: qalmeida@wlu.ca
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Interests: applied neuroscience; brain function; basal ganglia; Parkinson’s disease; neurological wellness; neurodegeneration; cognitive function; motor control; gait; balance

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Evidence for the beneficial effects of exercise is abundant. Risk associated with many diseases can be significantly reduced with exercise, however, the influence of exercise on brain function has been a highly debated topic. This is especially the case when it pertains to populations who have suffered from brain damage or neurodegeneration. Most of us would agree that increasing physical activity will offer some health benefits for the secondary ailments that accompany neurological illnesses, but when the question is whether or not clinical motor or cognitive symptoms can be ameliorated, the answer is not quite so clear.

An equally important question is whether certain targeted exercises should have potential for improving brain function. For example, should aerobic exercise necessarily improve oxygen delivery to an oxygen-deprived brain, or might it be better to attempt to improve neuromuscular integration through resistance exercises? Or, is there a true benefit to cognitive function through mental exercise, and could this be extended to dementia populations.

In addition, many strategies and sensory tricks have been suggested to bypass faulty neurological pathways, although it is important to consider the true underlying mechanism of these benefits.
The current special issue is intended to collect a selected number of articles that demonstrate how exercise might influence brain function. And further to investigate how neurological populations might benefit from specific and targeted exercise.

Dr. Quincy J. Almeida
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • exercise
  • brain
  • neuroplasticity
  • cognitive function
  • motor control
  • physical activity

Published Papers (12 papers)

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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(3), 332-346; doi:10.3390/brainsci2030332
Received: 21 May 2012; in revised form: 21 July 2012 / Accepted: 20 August 2012 / Published: 27 August 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(4), 483-503; doi:10.3390/brainsci2040483
Received: 6 August 2012; in revised form: 3 September 2012 / Accepted: 3 October 2012 / Published: 16 October 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(4), 634-648; doi:10.3390/brainsci2040634
Received: 27 September 2012; in revised form: 2 November 2012 / Accepted: 13 November 2012 / Published: 16 November 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(4), 649-666; doi:10.3390/brainsci2040649
Received: 13 September 2012; in revised form: 10 October 2012 / Accepted: 13 November 2012 / Published: 20 November 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(4), 684-708; doi:10.3390/brainsci2040684
Received: 23 August 2012; in revised form: 22 October 2012 / Accepted: 13 November 2012 / Published: 29 November 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(4), 709-744; doi:10.3390/brainsci2040709
Received: 20 September 2012; in revised form: 1 November 2012 / Accepted: 13 November 2012 / Published: 29 November 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(4), 745-768; doi:10.3390/brainsci2040745
Received: 30 September 2012; in revised form: 27 November 2012 / Accepted: 10 December 2012 / Published: 14 December 2012
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Brain Sci. 2013, 3(1), 1-38; doi:10.3390/brainsci3010001
Received: 15 October 2012; in revised form: 1 December 2012 / Accepted: 10 December 2012 / Published: 21 December 2012
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Brain Sci. 2013, 3(1), 39-53; doi:10.3390/brainsci3010039
Received: 13 September 2012; in revised form: 29 October 2012 / Accepted: 7 January 2013 / Published: 11 January 2013
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Brain Sci. 2013, 3(1), 54-83; doi:10.3390/brainsci3010054
Received: 15 September 2012; in revised form: 16 November 2012 / Accepted: 20 December 2012 / Published: 14 January 2013
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Brain Sci. 2013, 3(1), 101-122; doi:10.3390/brainsci3010101
Received: 5 November 2012; in revised form: 24 December 2012 / Accepted: 19 January 2013 / Published: 25 January 2013
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Brain Sci. 2013, 3(2), 821-848; doi:10.3390/brainsci3020821
Received: 11 April 2013; in revised form: 3 May 2013 / Accepted: 7 May 2013 / Published: 24 May 2013
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