Experimenter: Emma Millon
MAP Training stands for "mental" and "physical" training. This training program was inspired by laboratory studies on hippocampal neurogenesis conducted by Dr. Tracey Shors and others. It is well established that aerobic exercise produces more new neurons and effortful learning keeps many of the cells alive in the hippocampal formation in animal models. We hypothesize that the combination of these two activities could be useful in improving brain health and psychological functioning in humans. We have loosely adopted meditation as an effortful mental training program along with aerobic exercise. Currently, we are investigating the effects of MAP Training in women.