The Brain Training Revolution


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This presentation was delivered as a keynote talk at the 2009 Filex fitness conference in Sydney NSW. The content looks at how fitness enhance brain plasticity. To see the videos that accompanied this presenation see this link:

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  • Thank you for that introduction. Good morning athletes! I usually use that greeting when I walk into my classroom and I am used to receiving back a “good morning Mr Boyle”. So lets try that again please! Hello everybody! Who was out late last night? Who is feeling a little tired today? Who is suffering from too many refreshments last night? Who got up and exercised this morning?
  • The Brain Training Revolution

    1. 1. THE BRAIN TRAINING Exercise and the development of the brain REVOLUTION Dr Ian Boyle April 2009
    2. 2. Brain Plasticity
    3. 3. Rock Climbing Video
    4. 4. The Power Of The Outdoors <ul><li>Sport Psychology For Athletes </li></ul>
    5. 5. The Secret Of Healthy Mind Healthy Body Discovered? Improved aerobic fitness Enhanced cognitive functioning, memory, learning Inoculates against mental health issues Decreases by 60% chances of getting Alzheimer's
    6. 6. Brains Respond to Exercise
    7. 8. The Male Brain SEX SEX The Male Brain Ball Sports Dangerous Pursuits Crotch Scanning Area Ability To Drive Manual Transmission TV & Remote Control Addiction Area Lame Excuse Gland Avoid Personal Questions At All Costs Area
    8. 9. The Male Brain Need for Commitment Area Jealousy The Female Brain Telephone Skills Curtain Cortex Opinions Shopping Listening Chocolate Area Shoe & Handbag Coordination
    9. 10. The Hippocampus
    10. 11. Survival To Sedentary Human Evolution
    11. 12. What Has Been The Cost?
    12. 13. Evolution of Humans Thousands of Years 50 Years
    13. 14. 7 Million Overweight 2 Million Obese 5 Billion Dollars! Obesity
    14. 15. 9% Primary students 15 – 20% High School Depression Total Cost: $3.3b Annually
    15. 16. We have a Window to Our Brains
    16. 17. Our Environment & Experiences Impacts Our Brain
    17. 18. Musicians have strange brains
    18. 19. London Taxi Drivers have Changed Brains
    19. 20. Study Leads to Brain Gains
    20. 21. Environment vs Exercise
    21. 22. Exercise leads to increased neurogenesis <ul><li>Technical Term: Neurogenesis </li></ul><ul><li>Definition: The growth of new neurons </li></ul>
    22. 23. <ul><li>Ian, this video is missing </li></ul>Run video Rat Exercise Video
    23. 24. Aerobic Exercise Boosts… … Brain Function in Humans
    24. 26. Exercise Boosts Brain Power
    25. 27. BDNF Enhance Neurogenesis Video
    26. 28. Exercise Challenges The Brain
    27. 29. Technical Term: Angiogenesis Definition: The growth of new capillaries
    28. 30. Brain Plasticity In Action
    29. 31. <ul><li>Yellow Blue Orange White Red Green Purple Yellow Red Orange Green Black Blue Red Purple Green Blue Orange </li></ul>
    30. 32. New Trends For Our Industry Cognitive Science Gaming Physical Fitness Brain Fitness
    31. 33. Napperville School District <ul><li>19,000 students </li></ul><ul><li>Before: </li></ul><ul><li>30% overweight </li></ul><ul><li>Poor Academic Performance </li></ul><ul><li>After: </li></ul><ul><li>3% overweight </li></ul><ul><li># 1 in Science </li></ul><ul><li># 6 in Maths in the WORLD </li></ul>
    32. 34. Napperville School District Exercise Enhances Academics Video
    33. 35. Kids That Exercise Are Smarter
    34. 36. Corporate Fitness
    35. 37. Fitter, More Functional Employees Moving when working means
    36. 38. Aging & The Brain
    37. 39. 2.5 hours exercise per week Improves Brain Function
    38. 40. Exercise For Aging Brains
    39. 41. Jennifer Aniston Neuron Individual neurons and pathways develop from our experiences
    40. 42. You Are Facilitator’s of Brain Plasticity
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    42. 44. Download Presentation @Network or [email_address] Dr Ian Boyle April 2009 See the presentation @ Slideshare