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Your Brain and Exercise – What’s the connection?

February 28, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


ISC continues its “Your Brain” series by hosting one of the leading national researchers on cognition and exercise. Dr. Art Kramer leads the Lifelong Brain and Cognition Laboratory in the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Kramer and his colleagues investigate various aspects of cognition across the lifespan. With a focus on neuroplasticity (brain changes), they use methods of neuroimaging (Magnetic Resonance Imaging, electroencephalography), eye-tracking, and neuropsychological assessments to study such brain tasks as executive control, memory, and visual attention processes. They study how these brain functions develop and change with age, and how they can change with physical, cognitive, and nutritional interventions. Dr. Kramer’s work studies the effects of aerobic exercise in both adults and children and the potential for cognitive enhancement through cognitive training.

  • * Will going for a run help your brain? What about yoga or other types of exercise?
  • * Can playing video games actually be good for your mind? What about other “brain games”?
  • * Is there really such a thing as “brain food” or is it all marketing hype?
  • * Does physical activity for kids help them learn?

This is a perfect chance to learn from an expert and get real answers to your questions about your precious gray matter. It’s excellent timing to learn the importance of exercise while there’s still time to register for ISC’s Pi Day fun run/walk! This program is free but registration is requested. ISC maintains an ‘open-mind’ on many things, however seating is limited. So please reserve yourself a seat in advance. (Zombies not allowed.) Note that access to the museum is NOT included with this program. If you’d like to visit the rest of the Nature Museum, please purchase an inexpensive ticket at the door upon arrival.


February 28, 2015
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 60614 United States
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