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Brandon Alderman

Associate Professor and Vice Chair

Area:  Exercise Psychology
End Degree:  Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Exercise Science
Office:  Loree Gym 146
Phone:  848-932-7028
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Psychophysiology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Clinical Interventions

Laboratory:  Exercise Psychophysiology Lab
Lab Location:  Loree Gym 035
Lab Webpage:

Courses Taught

01:377:301   Psychology of Sport and Exercise
01:377:355   Exercise Psychology / 16:572:508  Psychophysiology
01:377:480   Honors Research Seminar / 16:572:505  Research Methods in Exercise Science

Educational/Research Interests

Dr. Alderman has established a patient-oriented research program to study how exercise and other behavioral interventions can be used to enhance physiological, neurocognitive and psychological resilience. His research program incorporates psychophysiological and cognitive neuroscience techniques, including event-related potentials (ERPs) and impedance cardiography, to better understand acute and chronic adaptations to exercise, and how knowledge of these adaptations can be applied to intervention development. The ultimate goal is to better understand how exercise and/or physical activity may improve emotional reactivity and cognitive function among at-risk patient populations.

Selected Publications

For a full publications record click here.

1. Alderman, B. L., Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., & Shors, T. J. (2016). Mental and Physical (MAP) Training: Combining meditation and aerobic exercise reduces depression and rumination while enhancing synchronized brain activity. Transl Psychiatry, 6, e726; doi:10.1038/tp.2015.225

2. Alderman, B. L., Olson, R. L., Bates, M. E., Selby, E. A., Buckman, J. F., Brush, C. J., Panza, E. A., Kranzler, A., Eddie, D., & Shors, T. J. (2015). Rumination in major depressive disorder is associated with impaired neural activation during conflict monitoring. Front Hum Neurosci, 9:269. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00269

3. Olson, R. L., Chang, Y. K., Brush, C. J., Kwok, A. N., Gordon, V. X., & Alderman, B. L. (2015). Neurophysiological and behavioral correlates of cognitive control during low and moderate intensity exercise. Neuroimage doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.10.011 [Epub ahead of print]

4. Shors, T. J., Olson, R. L., Bates, M. E., Selby, E. A., & Alderman, B. L. (2014). Mental and physical (MAP) training: A neurogenesis-inspired intervention that enhances health in humans. Neurobiol Learn Mem, 115, 3-9. doi:10.1016/j.nlm.2014.08.012

5. Alderman, B. L., & Olson, R. L. (2014). The relation of aerobic fitness to cognitive control and heart rate variability: A neurovisceral integration study. Biological Psychology, 99, 26-33.

6. Alderman, B. L., Olson, R. L., & Mattina, D. M. (2014). Cognitive function during low-intensity walking: A test of the treadmill workstation. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11, 752-758.

Dr. Alderman's Biosketch


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New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8525

P  848-932-9525
F  732-932-9151