Scientists have found a potential link between increased neurogenesis and aerobic exercise such as running, Neuroscience News reported.
Researchers from the Department of Psychology and from the Department of Biology of Physical Activity at the University of Jyväskylä studied the effects of sustained running exercise and high-intensity and resistance training on hippocampal neurogenesis in adult male rats.
They found that it may be possible to increase the neuron reserve of the hippocampus through exercise.
The result is important, according to Neuroscience News, because previous research found that the new hippocampal neurons produced as a result of neurogenesis are needed for learning temporally, and spatially-complex tasks.
It is possible that the preconditions for learning may be improved by promoting neurogenesis via sustained aerobic exercise – not only in rats, but in humans too.