How Running Changes Your Brain –Interview with Dr. Wendy Suzuki

Wendy Suzuki

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Wendy Suzuki has a PhD in neural science and is a researcher at New York University. She’s author of the book Healthy Brain, Happy Life.

We talk with her about the effects of running on the human brain, hippocampus growth, brain plasticity, memory, reward centers, the power of affirmations, meditation and more.

How Running Changes Your Brain

Interview Questions

  1. What got you interested in studying the brain?
  2. What is the story behind this book?
  3. Explain the concept of neural plasticity?
  4. Can exercise make us smarter?
  5. In your TED talk you mention that you had your class at NYU yelling positive affirmations during exercise, why does this work?
  6. How can exercise protect against stress?
  7. There is a chapter called Making Your Brain Smile were you talk about the brain’s reward system. Explain how this works.
  8. Our brains are so amazing, why aren’t more people using their’s better?

You can learn more about the book Healthy Brain Happy Life at www.wendysuzuki.com

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The North Face Endurance Challenge in Park City Utah, September 24-25th 2016. Use the code MTA15 to save 15% on race entry.

The Jabra Sport Pulse – sign up for their newsletter at www.jabra.com/mta

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Remember, the brain is amazing (especially mine)! Here I am cracking up Dr. Suzuki during our interview.

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