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Exercise Your Brain

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Model of brain behind a set of red 5 pound free weights

Did you know that physical aerobic exercise and meditation can actually change the anatomy, physiology, and function of our brains? Join neuroscientist Wendy A. Suzuki from the Center for Neural Science at New York University for an interactive discussion about how the brain changes in response to its environment. Try some exercises first-hand and discover how your brain can still surprise you.

This SciCafe took place on June 7, 2017. Listen to the full program in this podcast, or watch a video version here:

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About the Speaker

Head shot of Wendy Suzuki

Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University. Her major research interest continues to be brain plasticity. She is best known for her extensive work studying areas in the brain critical for our ability to form and retain new long-term memories. More recently her work has focused on understanding how aerobic exercise can be used to improve learning, memory and higher cognitive abilities in humans.

Read More

  • Read the Huffington Post Segment of "Talk Nerdy to Me" Featuring Wendy Suzuki
  • Can exercise make you smarter? Carl Zimmer asks Wendy Suzuki.
  • Read more about Wendy Suzuki on the Big Think.
  • Listen to Wendy's podcast “Totally Cerebral” on the effects of exercise on brain function.

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MicroCulture: A Social Card Game About the Human Microbiome

Get to know your fellow SciCafe geeks in this card-based social game that embodies the behavior of the human microbiome. Be a part of the largest culture of human microbes at the end of the evening to receive geeky giveaways.

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