The Effect of Weight Training on Brain Function

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Khushi Agarwal


The benefits of weight training on physical health are widely known, but this can also affect the structure and function of the
brain. From small-scale studies done on rats, monkeys, and humans, there have been results showing lower levels ofatrophy of cortical white matter, an increase in grey matter density in the cerebellum, an increase ni neural plasticity, and an increase ni hippocampal volume BDF expression- all of which result in higher cognitive function. In rats, this resulted in those with mildcognitive impairment to perform even better on a cognitive test than those without any impairment. Further research could strengthen the preventative potential (in some cases, interventional potential) of resistance training for dementia, depression, and other neurodegenerative diseases.

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Khushi Agarwal, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Khushi is a Molecular and Cellular Biology major who is passionate about the intersection of exercise and brain health. In particular, she is interested in the mechanisms and potential of resistance training in enhancing general brain health, improving neuroplasticity, and preventing numerous neurodegenerative conditions. Khushi is also involved in research focused in dietary polyphenols and genetic therapies for Alzheimer's disease. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, playing pickleball, and watching tv. Khushi is thrilled to be a part of Brainmatters and to share the latest research and promote a greater understanding of the brain, its functions, and its potential.