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Why Exercise Boosts Brainpower

kdawson posted more than 7 years ago | from the muscle-head dept.

Biotech 331

aditi sends us a report from Reuters on research indicating that exercise boosts brainpower by building new brain cells in a brain region linked with memory and memory loss. Quoting: "Tests on mice showed they grew new brain cells in a brain region called the dentate gyrus, a part of the hippocampus that is known to be affected in the age-related memory decline that begins around age 30 for most humans. Researchers used magnetic resonance imaging scans to help document the process in mice — and then used MRIs to look at the brains of people before and after exercise. They found the same patterns, which suggests that people also grow new brain cells when they exercise."

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Ballonee (4, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335173)

I nevar work out and my brane wurks as well as ne1 elses!

Re:Ballonee (-1, Troll)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335207)

Next time yell "First Post!". Noob.

Re:Ballonee (3, Informative)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335221)

Ok...I'm off to the gym this afternoon after work!!

Now....I gotta try to remember where the hell the gym is??

Re:Ballonee (0, Offtopic)

Unnngh! (731758) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335781)

This being slashdot, the parent post was probably not intended as a joke...

AHA! (4, Funny)

Poruchik (1004331) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335195)

That explains Schwartzenegger! (Doesn't explain Stallone though).

Re:AHA! (4, Funny)

errxn (108621) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335217)

It also explains most of the posts on /. as well.

Next Week (2, Insightful)

2names (531755) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335785)

Just watch...next week they will announce that they interpreted the data in reverse.

How do I know this?

Because 99% of the really smart people I've met in my life are big, fat, dope-smoking UNIX guys who think a treadmill is a place where corn is ground up to make tires.

Re:Next Week (2, Insightful)

x2A (858210) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335973)

hmm, my experience is the oposite... the smarter people tend to be skinny. The fat ones are often at most very good at the one thing they sit on their ass doing all day.

Re:AHA! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18335941)

It also explains most of the posts on /. as well.
I'd assume that most /.ers exercise with just one arm.

Since they only get half a workout, then I guess you're right: half-wits.

Re:AHA! (1)

Vancorps (746090) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335303)

Hey, Stallone is an artist. Sample Artwork [imagemakersart.com]

Stallone isn't dumb (5, Informative)

gatorflux (759239) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335733)

Stallone is an accomplished script writer and a damned good businessman. Take a look at the deal he struck when he wrote and sold Rocky to the studio (he basically retained the rights to future sequels). Stallone has been able to fly under the radar because he sounds uneducated when he talks (due to an injury sustained at birth, if I remember correctly).

Re:Stallone isn't dumb (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18335883)

Something to do with forceps during delivery at birth. It paralyzed one side of his face.

Re:Stallone isn't dumb (4, Funny)

x2A (858210) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336145)

"It paralyzed one side of his face."

Wow, that happens to me too whenever I watch any of his films!

Stallone... (1)

smartdreamer (666870) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335947)

Maybe look at Rocky, you'll find the start of an answer.

Boxing is a great sport for the mind.

Re:AHA! (1)

jerkychew (80913) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336185)

Stallone wrote and starred in an Oscar-winning movie [imdb.com] . I think you have to have a few brain cells to pull something like that off - What have you done that's so smart?

Ya, I'm not so sure... (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18335215)

Why are so many "body builder" types so dumb then? No, not all of them, I know. But there's at least a pattern there...

Re:Ya, I'm not so sure... (2, Insightful)

Tokimasa (1011677) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335259)

I'm sure it's just not exercise, but exercise + education that makes a person not "dumb". But compare the same person with and without exercise, the one with will perform better on brain tests.

Re:Ya, I'm not so sure... (1)

svendsen (1029716) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335407)

I believena person who does not understand their bodies and how to maintain them (exercise, eating right, etc) cant be all that smart :-)

Re:Ya, I'm not so sure... (5, Insightful)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335331)

Why are so many "body builder" types so dumb then?

They're not "dumb", but they're also not necessarily the intellectual type. From what I've seen, the reason for that is that your intellectual spends too much time in an introverted state to worry about the world around them. Regular exercise is not engaging to their internal senses, so they tend to find it "boring". The more extroverted types get their engagement from the world around them, and thus find pleasure in physical activity.

Re:Ya, I'm not so sure... (2, Interesting)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335819)

Please list the number of Nobel prise winning Boxers.

Ok, list the number of them that can name all 50 states and count without looking at their hands and feet.

sorry, but most atheletes, specifically the pound each other type are not the brightest. I've never met a smart rugby player, But they are handy in a brawl.

Re:Ya, I'm not so sure... (2, Interesting)

svendsen (1029716) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335881)

They aren't talking about Atheletes, as there job is to be good physically over mentally. They are talking about getting basic exercise so we dont have a fat useless society.

My fiance is in the science world and of the ones we know (a ton mind you) they all do some sort of exercise. Yet of all the IT people I know (again a lot) maybe 1% actually do anything.

Re:Ya, I'm not so sure... (1)

inca34 (954872) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335959)

Brain damage is cumulative. Boxing as a profession is not advisable.

Smart Rugby PLayers (1)

joshsnow (551754) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336095)

I've never met a smart rugby player, But they are handy in a brawl.

OK, I know you're referring to pro sports people here, but still.I know two rugby players who program computers in their day jobs and play semi-pro rugger on weekends. Not only do they have technical skills, they're also great team players and natural leaders. So it seems to be with most people who play sports outside of work.

Re:Ya, I'm not so sure... (1)

Spazntwich (208070) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335683)

I'd love to see some scientific evidence your generically termed "body builders" are dumber than an average population sample.

Re:Ya, I'm not so sure... (2, Insightful)

RootWind (993172) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335715)

I would suspect it is because they don't actually try to actively use their minds? (assuming this is entirely true) For instance, giving someone who doesn't exercise anabolic steroids would not turn them into a strong person.

Re:Ya, I'm not so sure... (1)

TMarvelous (928161) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335955)

FTFA: "They recruited 11 healthy adults and made them undergo a three-month aerobic exercise regimen." Bodybuilding isn't very aerobic.

Re:Ya, I'm not so sure... (1)

fred fleenblat (463628) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336027)

>> Why are so many "body builder" types so dumb then?

The governor of the state of California would like to have a word with you.

Re:Ya, I'm not so sure... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18336299)

Body building is not aerobic - read the article...

Re:Ya, I'm not so sure... (1)

thewils (463314) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336307)

It's the 'roids. They build up the neck muscles so much that blood has a hard time reaching the brain.

Re:Ya, I'm not so sure... (1)

Kelbear (870538) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336495)

They reap what they sow. They invested a large amount of time, effort, and money into their body to "body-build" and as a result they're big and strong. Those who invest their free time, effort, and money into intellectual pursuits are going to be better informed, and possibly more intelligent. And there's no reason people can't diversify into both mental and physical disciplines.

Exersize Is Good For You? (3, Funny)

ranton (36917) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335245)

Wow, who would have thought that exersize actually improves your body in some way?

Re:Exersize Is Good For You? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18335297)

Heresy!

Re:Exersize Is Good For You? (3, Funny)

ranton (36917) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335429)

Hmm, looks like I need more time on the treadmill because my spelling in that post was just horrible.

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Re:Exersize Is Good For You? (1)

cmdr_beeftaco (562067) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336379)

This just in... exercise gets your blow flowing.

Back to Locke (3, Insightful)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335247)

So here we are, once again, with Locke's ideal of a sound mind in a sound body.

The challenge for computer geeks: finding a way to merge exercise with mostly-sedentary hobbies and jobs. Perhaps it's a job for mobile computing: Set a tablet PC in front of a treadmill, and read Slashdot while running?

Re:Back to Locke (1)

NosTROLLdamus (979044) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335291)

And the challenge for non-geeks: reading a fucking book. No, Harry Potter doesn't count.

Re:Back to Locke (4, Interesting)

svendsen (1029716) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335329)

The really sad thing is you only need 30 mins of exercise a day and cut back on junk food to lose weight, be healthy, etc. The amount of excuses I hear is pathetic. Walk, bike, lift, get into a sport, etc. Problem is so many people think the virtual world is a better place to be.

How dare you sir (4, Funny)

Fifty Points (878668) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335775)

I walk my virtual dog around Second Life every day you insensitive clod!

Re:Back to Locke (1)

Spacezilla (972723) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335925)

Maybe it is? Either way, you probably shouldn't tell other people how to live their lives. :)

I'm pretty fit, I bike a lot, but I don't expect other people to, because that's their decision, not mine. :)

Re:Back to Locke (2)

Paulrothrock (685079) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336345)

The virtual world is a better place to be. I can seek out people of common interests. I can block people who are jerks. I'm judged by my ability to form cogent arguments rather than my appearance or speech.

But, really, there's no reason you ever have to leave the virtual world. Most podcasts are about an hour long, which is plenty of time to get enough exercise. Plug in your earbuds and go for a walk. Turn around halfway through and do this three times a week. No need to leave the virtual world, and no need to turn into a lardass.

Re:Back to Locke (2, Funny)

Garret_Duran (1032634) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335333)

Peddle powered Interwebs. The faster you peddle the more bandwidth you're allowed to use. Pirates would be the fittest people in the world!

Re:Back to Locke (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335351)

How about DDR [wikipedia.org] or EyeToy [wikipedia.org] ?

Re:Back to Locke (1)

Rycross (836649) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335435)

Or Wii and Wii Sports. I'm doing an experiment with that right now. I figure, its probably not as good as running, but its something thats easier for me to stick to. And if its not that great, I can at least develop the exercise habits and move into something better.

Re:Back to Locke (1)

svendsen (1029716) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335523)

Dear lord no. Technology does not need to be used to solve this at all. Put your kids (or yourself) into something which not only helps you lose weight, but meet new people, help you learn something new and useful. sports, walking, biking, etc.

Re:Back to Locke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18335695)

I have lost about twenty pounds using DDR as my primary form of aerobic exercise. It helps because it is fun and after I get the blood pumping then I can lift weights, etc. Narrow minded judgment ftl.

Re:Back to Locke (1)

Rycross (836649) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335765)

And what if they've tried sports, walking, biking, etc, and found it so boring that they had a lot of trouble sticking to their exercise? Why is it bad that they can integrate exercise with something they love, and make it easier to stick to it. The best kind of exercise is the kind you actually do.

Personally, if I could, I would just ski all the time for exercise. Damn seasonal sports. Of course, being in the flat state of Illinois doesn't help either.

Re:Back to Locke (1)

svendsen (1029716) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335957)

Then i would say the person may have some mental issues. I am being serious and not trolling. so every sport they hate (walking, biking, lifting, martial arts, swimming, running, etc, etc.) but the only one they love happens to be a video game? sorry i dont buy it at all.

Do something which requires social interaction, learning useful skills and knowledge about their body, etc. O

Also you hope what they choose to do can also teach them the fundamentals of exercise...DDR can not do this.

usually when someone tells me they have tried everything and didnt like it, I can name 5 things they haven't tried.

Re:Back to Locke (3, Insightful)

Rycross (836649) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336085)

Swimming and biking require social interaction? Aside from sports, a lot of exercise is primarily solitary. How many useful skills do you learn from exercise and sports really? How does using a video game to exercise preclude you from learning about your body or the fundamentals of exercise?

I don't get your opposition to using video games as an exercise tool. It seems to be more emotional than rational. Are you suggesting that there's somehow less value because you are exercising in a private place using technology?

Re:Back to Locke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18336461)

I don't get your opposition to using video games as an exercise tool. It seems to be more emotional than rational. Are you suggesting that there's somehow less value because you are exercising in a private place using technology?

I think he is opposed to masturbation which is the only reason to use technology in a private place.

Re:Back to Locke (1)

shmlco (594907) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335963)

"Personally, if I could, I would just ski all the time for exercise."

Skiing is primarily an anaerobic sport, unless you're talking about cross-country or unless you're the type who's constantly falling down and trying to get back up.... ;)

Re:Back to Locke (1)

Rycross (836649) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336017)

More of the second.... ;)

But my heart rate goes up when I ski. There's a lot of movement in it.

Re:Back to Locke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18335899)

What is amazing is how DDR can lead you to new people!

The machine was broken at the arcade, so I convinced no less than three girls to use my metal arcade pad at my house! That was a fun night!

Re:Back to Locke (4, Funny)

TrappedByMyself (861094) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335369)

I prefer furious masterbation

Re:Back to Locke (1)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335625)

Does furious boost your IQ more than non-furious?

Re:Back to Locke (1, Funny)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335645)

-1, redundant; we've already had a post about Wii Sports.

Re:Back to Locke (1)

MasterGwaha (1033282) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336317)

HOLY SHIT! I nearly spit out my tea GWAHHAHAHAHAHA!

Re:Back to Locke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18335577)

The challenge has already been beaten. It's called the Nintendo Wii.

Love Thyself (1)

syrrys (738867) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335739)

Does masturbation count as exercise?

Re:Back to Locke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18335747)

Well, that's pretty simple: While exercising, just try to solve some problems in your head. Maybe search for primes or try to develop an algorithm or an equation for whatever you're interested in.

But then again, you always do that, don't you? That'ld explain that silly look in your eyes.

Re:Back to Locke (1)

the dark hero (971268) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335779)

So here we are, once again, with Locke's ideal of a sound mind in a sound body.

It's not just Locke that figured this out. Some of our greatest thinkers, warlords, martial arts masters, etc. have come up with the same conclusion. If this serves as "scientific proof" to something that has been known for ages then lets hope more people will get off their asses.

Re:Back to Locke (1)

dave562 (969951) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336045)

Nutritionists have figured it out too. I read something not too long ago about a study where they found out that the body will not actually use calcium to rebuild bones without exercise to put strain on the bones.

Re:Back to Locke (1)

dreamt (14798) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335799)

Set a tablet PC in front of a treadmill, and read Slashdot while running?
While thats better than nothing, its still probably not as good as getting in front of that treadmill without reading. Odds pare pretty good that your heart rate isn't going to hit the 65%-85% range that you would get without needing to concentrate at looking down at a steady object with small print. It always kills me to see people on the treadmill, elypical, etc reading away and barely breaking a sweat.

Re:Back to Locke (1)

shmlco (594907) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336035)

iPods and Audible [audible.com] audiobooks make a great combination in that regard.

Re:Back to Locke (1)

Dancindan84 (1056246) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336083)

The challenge for computer geeks: finding a way to merge exercise with mostly-sedentary hobbies and jobs.
WoW on the Wii. Problem solved.

So if I go jogging (4, Funny)

pfortuny (857713) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335251)

I will develop some mouse cells in my brain?

What's the catch? Have I missed something?

Do I need more jogging?

Too Late For You And Most SlashDotters! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18335537)

Since the average SlashDotter can hardly do more than roll out of bed in the morning and fetch a beer from the fridge, I guess all of you are f**ked!-))

Re:So if I go jogging (1)

Rick.C (626083) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335759)

I will develop some mouse cells in my brain? What's the catch? Have I missed something? Do I need more jogging?


I depends on whether you jog on two legs or four.

No ONE reason exercise boosts brainpower (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18335273)

All regions of the brain benefit from the increased blood flow and do all body systems. The metabolic adaptations are also universal to most body systems.

The meditative state that many exercises induce are also beneficial.

FTA (3, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335293)

"Exercise generated blood flow to the dentate gyrus of the people, and the more fit a person got, the more blood flow the MRI detected, the researchers found."

However, if your gym looks like this [cnn.net] one shown in the article, I think the blood will flow elsewhere

Re:FTA (1)

ranton (36917) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335387)

Are you kidding me? The gym I went to in college makes that picture look conservative. Made going to the gym just a little bit more enjoyable. Many women wear more clothes on the beach than they do in the gym. Thank god for that.

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Re:FTA (1)

jahudabudy (714731) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335731)

Heh, I can remember when my college gym re-organized. All of the guys were very disappointed that the butterfly machine was no longer directly in front of and facing the leg abductor.

That explains it! (3, Funny)

decipher_saint (72686) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335381)

That explains all those pro-quarterback particle theorists! "Gauge bosons are like running backs right? They gotta take the elemental forces of the universe to the end zone."

Re:That explains it! (4, Funny)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335417)

That explains all those pro-quarterback particle theorists!
Well, just imagine how stupid some jocks might be if they DIDN'T work out!

Re:That explains it! (1)

Romicron (1005939) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335689)

If they didn't get hit around so much, they'd have that sort of brain capacity. Doesn't help that for every brain cell they generate, they lose 100 each time they get sacked.

Re:That explains it! (1)

Guy Harris (3803) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335745)

That explains all those pro-quarterback particle theorists!

No, not particle theory, complex analysis [wikipedia.org] .

Amusing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18336211)

Thanks for the link!

This proves what I suspected all along... (4, Funny)

negated (981743) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335553)

...Stephen Hawking benchpresses bulldozers when no one is watching!

Re:This proves what I suspected all along... (1)

slothman32 (629113) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336011)

There is a cartoon, I think Farside, about sloths.
It says, "What sloths do when no one is around."
In then shows a picture of a sloth dancing and "dadada" from music.

No brainer (1)

twifosp (532320) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335617)

This sounds like a no brainer to me. The brain needs oxygen to make chemical and electrical reactions. The brain will get the most blood circulation, thus carrying the most fresh oxygen, during and after exercise. Furthermore lots of exercise promotes a healthy cardiovascular and central nervous system. Something that can only improve the brain.


I know that after I complete a heavy lifting routine or a good cardio work out, I feel great for the rest of the day. I think clearer. I don't feel any craving for caffeinated beverages. I focus more.


I can't find the study, but I read a story about a study that said exercise produces the same effect that energy drink ingredients provide to the brain. While that might be true in some fashion, I've never consumed an energy drink that gave me as good of feeling as a post work-out. I do consume sugar free energy drinks from time to time, I think they can be a good pick me up when you are low on sleep or just feel drained. Of course, that's in moderation. Drinking one every day will build a tolerance and you'll just be throwing money down the drain. Of course, drinking a good cup of stout tea will do just about the same thing.


I would love to see a study where a bunch of similarly talented gamers (that relied on critical thinking and reaction, not like an MMO) were divided up. One group would exercise, and one group would not. I would be willing to bet that after a month, the group that would exercise would have increased in skill and results over the group that did not.

Re:No brainer (1)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336113)

Also, regular exercise lifts depression, increases testosterone levels among males reduces risk of heart disease.

Y'know, It's almost as if humans evolved to exercise regularly.

 

Re:No brainer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18336459)

the group that exercised would quit gaming :))) they would probably find real world physical games more appealing to humans.

stoners (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18335619)

this explains why only some stoners get stupid, the lazy ones....
i personally have a good paying job and i exercise, but i'll be damned if i ever pass a drug test.

Science! You gotta love it. (3, Funny)

w33t (978574) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335665)

So if I couple the above article with this one [newscientist.com] then I can only assume that I am supposed to exercise and smoke a whole lot of pot while I do it.

simultaneous death/regrowth? (1)

Loconut1389 (455297) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335667)

Some folks run themselves to exhaustion- especially with the kick at the end of a long race. It just seems like brain cells -must- be dying when you run so hard you fall flat on your face- so does this regrowth offset that? How much?

Re:simultaneous death/regrowth? (3, Insightful)

Daishiman (698845) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336193)

High performance sporting is not healthy. Repeat: NOT healthy. I've been training for marathons with an Olympic athlete who consistently runs 42K in under 2 hours 15 minutes. He needs to take a continuos stream of dietary supplements and run 25 kilometers daily, use special cushioning on all his footwear to compensate for the deformation that the impact of running produces, and keep an extremely strict dietary regimen, not to mention constant sports massages to keep himself from cramping as well as a myriad of other things.


Being a professional means pushing your body to extremes it was not meant to take. We're not built to run such distances at those speeds.


Remember though, that only applies to the 0.001% of the population that plays professionally and has masochistic tendencies. Your average slashdotter should get off its ass and at the very least walk a half hour daily. I know that ever since I started running in the morning my day feels much better than before, and indeed I do feel sharper.

The balance of nature (1)

Lexor (724874) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335687)

Makes sense to me. Meatheads need the brain power, geeks are usually too smart for their own good.

I am once again in awe of the delicate balance of nature.

Is clicking a mouse exercise? (1)

dpreformer (32338) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335875)

Mouse clicking - let's get it added to the 2008 Olympics!

What country has the fastest double clicker? Position mouse on link and click in under 40 mSec!

Note to everyone: doesn't mean stronger = smarter (1)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 7 years ago | (#18335923)

Exercising causing a boost in long-term memory ability is not the same as making your IQ go up 20 points by going to the gym. Furthermore, sports/bodybuilding/etc don't have a high IQ requirement for entry, you basically just have to be able to put up with working out all the time. If pro football required a phd, then all pro football players would have a "phd" of some kind. It mostly requires being gigantic and being able to mentally retain some of the rules of football, so mostly that's what the players are mentally tasked with achieving.

I'm screwed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18335985)

Well, there goes any hope I had of getting new memory brain cells.

Stephen Hawking? (0, Flamebait)

jcarkeys (925469) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336037)

How do we account for Stephen Hawking then?

Re:Stephen Hawking? (1)

ichigo 2.0 (900288) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336375)

By actually bothering to read the summary, or TFA. If you already did, then you need more exercise.

Advertisement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18336039)

This is an Advert for gyms! What they want is customers.

This study was ordered just like those Windows vs Linux Studies.

Next project... (1)

Vexler (127353) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336047)

...to write and construct an interface between my brain and Madden 2007.

Minus the steroids, of course.

Re:Next project... (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336189)

Just rerelease the interface between your brain and Madden 2006, with a few new player names and possibly a new texture or two. Nobody will notice the diff.

This is why the Wii and DS keep you going (2, Interesting)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336135)

One increases your Brain Age and lets you socialize with your pets (DS), the other lets you get exercise indoors (Wii).

But in most scientific studies, the things that consistently help ameliorate the effects of aging are: mild to moderate exercise (even walking up stairs or parking 2 blocks away), a varied diet high in vegetables and fruits, drinking red wine (men) or grape juice (anyone), and more education.

I can't exercise! (2, Funny)

Pedrito (94783) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336231)

Dude, this sucks. A year and a half ago you guys said that cannabinoids induce brain growth [slashdot.org] and man, I've really been putting that theory to the test. But now you want me to exercise? I can't do both dude. And given a choice... I think I'll stick with the old news...

It depends (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18336273)

I think it depends. Blood pressure is known for increasing the size of the brain, since it just expands. When the pressure lowers, the expansion is gone and goes back to normal. This counts for alcohol consumption as well.

So, these researchers could measure the brain increase after alcohol consumption in comparison to exercise.

How much time is there between the exercise and the measurement of the brain? If it within an hour, it could be the bloodpressure. If it is with 5 hours, it could be energy or other influences etc.

I would like to know if the substance of the brain is increasing or is just the volume?

- Unomi -

Phew! (1)

lisaparratt (752068) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336279)

Good to know that every time I go clubbing, I balance out the cells that get blown away by dancing!

But that would mean (1)

Drakin020 (980931) | more than 7 years ago | (#18336303)

That us IT guys are stuuuupid?

Hell I sit on my arse all evening.
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