Publications

Aerobic exercise promotes executive functions and impacts functional neural activity among older adults with vascular cognitive impairment.
Br J Sports Med 2018 Feb 21;52(3):184-191. Epub 2017 Apr 21.
Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


Education mitigates age-related decline in N-Acetylaspartate levels.
Brain Behav 2015 Mar 29;5(3):e00311. Epub 2015 Jan 29.
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois Urbana, Illinois ; Department of Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana, Illinois.

Phase I/II randomized trial of aerobic exercise in Parkinson disease in a community setting.
Neurology 2014 Jul 2;83(5):413-25. Epub 2014 Jul 2.
From the Departments of Neurology (E.Y.U., T.R.T., M.R., S.R.N., J.B., S.W.A.), Internal Medicine (K.C.D., J.N.K.), Radiology (V.M.), Biostatistics (J.D.D., D.R.B.), Psychology (M.W.V.), and Health and Human Physiology (W.G.D.), University of Iowa, Iowa City; Neurology Service (E.Y.U., T.R.T., S.R.N.), Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Iowa City, IA; Department of Neurology (S.M., T.J.G.), University of Washington, Seattle; and Department of Psychology (A.F.K.), Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Exercise is medicine, for the body and the brain.
Br J Sports Med 2014 Jun 21;48(12):943-4. Epub 2014 Mar 21.
Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Brain Research Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


White matter microstructure is associated with cognitive control in children.
Biol Psychol 2013 Sep 25;94(1):109-15. Epub 2013 May 25.
Department of Psychology & Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 405 North Mathews Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801, USA.


The association between aerobic fitness and executive function is mediated by prefrontal cortex volume.
Brain Behav Immun 2012 Jul 7;26(5):811-9. Epub 2011 Dec 7.
Department of Psychology and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA.

Videogame training strategy-induced change in brain function during a complex visuomotor task.
Behav Brain Res 2012 Jul 6;232(2):348-57. Epub 2012 Apr 6.
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 405 N. Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801, USA.

A functional MRI investigation of the association between childhood aerobic fitness and neurocognitive control.
Biol Psychol 2012 Jan 4;89(1):260-8. Epub 2011 Nov 4.
Department of Psychology & Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 405 North Mathews Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801, United States.



Functional connectivity: a source of variance in the association between cardiorespiratory fitness and cognition?
Neuropsychologia 2010 Apr 15;48(5):1394-406. Epub 2010 Jan 15.
Beckman Institute & Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 405 N. Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801, USA.

Evidence for neurocognitive plasticity in at-risk older adults: the experience corps program.
J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2009 Dec 19;64(12):1275-82. Epub 2009 Aug 19.
Department of Mental Health, Center on Aging and Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2024 East Monument Street, Suite 2-700, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA.



The effects of physical activity on functional MRI activation associated with cognitive control in children: a randomized controlled intervention.
Front Hum Neurosci 2013 12;7:72. Epub 2013 Mar 12.
Department of Psychology, The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL, USA.

Disruptions in brain networks of older fallers are associated with subsequent cognitive decline: a 12-month prospective exploratory study.
PLoS One 2014 3;9(4):e93673. Epub 2014 Apr 3.
Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Brain Research Center, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Center for Hip Health and Mobility, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Aerobic fitness is associated with greater white matter integrity in children.
Front Hum Neurosci 2014 19;8:584. Epub 2014 Aug 19.
Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL, USA ; Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL, USA.


BDNF mediates improvements in executive function following a 1-year exercise intervention.
Front Hum Neurosci 2014 11;8:985. Epub 2014 Dec 11.
Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA, USA ; Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA, USA ; Center for Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Are There Age-Related Differences in the Ability to Learn Configural Responses?
PLoS One 2015 28;10(8):e0137260. Epub 2015 Aug 28.
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, United States of America; Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, United States of America; Aging Mind and Brain Initiative (AMBI), The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, United States of America.


Elevated body mass index and maintenance of cognitive function in late life: exploring underlying neural mechanisms.
Front Aging Neurosci 2015 18;7:155. Epub 2015 Aug 18.
Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC, Canada ; Vancouver Health Research Institute Vancouver, BC, Canada ; Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC, Canada ; Center for Hip Health and Mobility, Vancouver General Hospital Vancouver, BC, Canada.


Structural neural correlates of impaired mobility and subsequent decline in executive functions: a 12-month prospective study.
Exp Gerontol 2016 07 11;80:27-35. Epub 2016 Apr 11.
Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Djavad Mowafaghian Center for Brain Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Center for Hip Health and Mobility, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Electronic address:

White Matter Integrity Declined Over 6-Months, but Dance Intervention Improved Integrity of the Fornix of Older Adults.
Front Aging Neurosci 2017 16;9:59. Epub 2017 Mar 16.
The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of IllinoisUrbana, IL, USA; Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education, Northeastern UniversityBoston, MA, USA.



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