Effects of physical activity on cognition, well-being, and brain: Human interventions

Arthur F. Kramer, Kirk I. Erickson

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This article provides a review of the human intervention literature that has examined the influence of fitness training on cognition, well-being, brain structure, and brain function. Meta-analyses of this literature, which are reviewed here, suggest robust effects of fitness training on cognition and well-being. Although there are currently few human intervention studies that have examined fitness effects on human brain function and structure, the studies that have been conducted report promising results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S45-S51
JournalAlzheimer's and Dementia
Issue number2 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Apr 2007


  • Aging
  • Brain function and structure
  • Cortical plasticity
  • Fitness training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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