Effects of aerobic fitness training on human cortical function: A proposal

Arthur F. Kramer, Stanley Colcombe, Kirk Erickson, Artem Belopolsky, Edward McAuley, Neal J. Cohen, Andrew Webb, Gerald J. Jerome, David X. Marquez, Tracey M. Wszalek

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We briefly review the extant human and animal literature on the influence of fitness training on brain, cognition and performance. The animal research provides clear support for neurochemical and structural changes in brain with fitness training. The human literature suggests reliable but process specific changes in cognition with fitness training for young and old adults. We describe a research program which examines the influence of aerobic fitness training on the functional activity of the human using event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging, of humans in fitness interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-231
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Molecular Neuroscience
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Aug 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Executive control
  • Fitness
  • fMRI
  • Neuroimaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics


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