Intense physical activity, executive, function, and related frontal lobe grey matter volume in cognitively normal older adults.

Natalie Frost

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

Advancing age is associated with atrophy of the frontal lobes of the brain and declines in associated executive
functions. Research supports exercise as a protective factor against such decline. However, little previous work has assessed the role of exercise intensity in this relationship. Thus, this thesis investigated the interrelationships between exercise intensity, cardiorespiratory fitness, executive function, and frontal lobe volume in older adults. Our data did not support a differential role of intensity at a group level. However, our results suggest that individual differences in experimentally induced cardiorespiratory fitness may be associated with executive function and frontal lobe volume.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Weinborn, Michael, Supervisor
  • Brown, Belinda, Supervisor
  • Gignac, Gilles, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date23 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021

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