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SportA Biological, Philosophical, and Cultural Perspective$
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Jay Schulkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231176767

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231176767.001.0001

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Running and the Brain: Neurogenesis

Running and the Brain: Neurogenesis

(p.93) 6 Running and the Brain: Neurogenesis

Jay Schulkin

Columbia University Press

Begins with some of the conditions that set the stage for the act of running, and then look at neurogenesis, brain expansion, and longer-term consequences of running within a context of specific morphological features and diverse information molecules that participate in our capacity for running and sport. Running itself promotes cell proliferation in the hippocampus, in part through the induction of endorphins or diverse neuronal growth factors. Running and neurogenesis are linked to forms of basic adaptation; running easily transitioned from joint coordination to play, and eventually to sport.

Keywords:   Running, Neurogenesis, Brain Expansion, Consequences, Evolution

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