[PAST EVENT] Neuroscience Spring Symposium

March 21, 2013
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Sadler Center, Tidewater A
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
The Neuroscience Program is pleased to announce its Spring Symposium on Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., in Tidewater A of the Sadler Center.

3:30 - 3:50 Student Research Presentation
Wendy Herbst, (Mentor - Dr. Margaret Saha, Biology).
"The role of calcium activity in neuronal phenotype specification"

4:00 - 5:00 Keynote Speaker, David Bucci, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology & Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College

Your Brain on Exercise: Impacts on Cognition, Neural Function, and Mental Health

Numerous studies have linked physical exercise to improvements in learning and memory. However, most prior work has focused exclusively on learning that depends on a brain structure known as the hippocampus, while little is known about the effects of exercise on other forms of learning that depend on different structures. Similarly, previous studies have primarily been carried out with adult subjects and few have considered the effects of exercise on the developing brain. In this talk, I will present data that address these issues and provide insight into the neural mechanisms that mediate the effects of exercise on multiple forms of learning and memory. In addition, we have discovered that exercise may have more dramatic and longer lasting effects on cognition when it occurs during adolescence, compared to adulthood. The implications on mental health and for interventions for mental illness will be also be discussed.

[[mcport, Christy Porter]], Program Coordinator