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The effects of exercise and brain stimulation on neuroplasticity and cognition

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posted on 2021-02-04, 00:37 authored by JOSHUA HENDRIKSE
The brain is a highly dynamic organ which is continually changing. This inherent capacity for neuroplasticity underlies our ability to learn new skills and adapt to our environment. Unfortunately, impairments in neuroplasticity underlie several brain disorders, and we currently lack effective treatments and prevention strategies. In this thesis, I investigated the effects of exercise and brain stimulation on neuroplasticity. I found that regular exercise is associated with improved integrity/function in regions supporting memory function (i.e. hippocampus), however my findings questioned whether brain stimulation is capable of selectively modulating brain networks. These findings inform novel approaches to remediate impaired neuroplasticity.


Principal supervisor

Murat Yucel

Additional supervisor 1

Nigel Rogasch

Additional supervisor 2

James Coxon

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Psychological Sciences

Additional Institution or Organisation

Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences