Neuroscience is the study of how our brains help us live, interact and respond to the world around us. But how do we use the findings from the most current neuroscience research to improve our everyday lives? This is the topic of Professor Wendy Suzuki’s lecture. Suzuki’s lab studies the immediate as well as long-term beneficial effects of physical aerobic exercise on a wide range of brain and cognitive functions including mood, memory and attention. She will describe studies from her lab as well as other labs that are currently studying the effects of physical exercise on brain function as well as the neurochemical pathways and mechanisms that may be underlying these effects. You will leave the lecture with a clear understanding of the many brain benefits of physical exercise.
Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University.
She received her undergraduate degree in physiology and human anatomy at the University of California, Berkeley in 1987 studying with Prof. Marion C. Diamond, a leader in the field of brain plasticity. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from U.C. San Diego in 1993 and completed apost-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before accepting her faculty position at New York University in 1998.
Her major research interest continues to be brain plasticity. She is best known for her extensive work studying areas in the brain critical for our ability to form and retain new long-term memories. More recently her work has focused on understanding how aerobic exercise can be used to improve learning, memory and higher cognitive abilities in humans. Wendy is passionate about teaching (see her courses), about exercise (intenSati), and about supporting and mentoring up and coming scientists.