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Abating depression with exercise

April 7, 2009

On Friday, April 10, guest speaker Benjamin Greenwood from the University of Colorado's Department of Integrative Physiology and Center for Neuroscience, comes to CSU to talk about how stress-related mood disorders such as depression and anxiety can be significantly alleviated through regular exercise.

Exercise and stress resistance: From the brain to behavior

Friday, April 10
3-4 p.m.
Moby B Complex, room 211

The Department of Health & Exercise Science presents a seminar by Benjamin N. Greenwood, Ph.D., from the Department of Integrative Physiology & the Center for Neuroscience, University of Colorado-Boulder. 

Soothing anxiety, depression

In this seminar, Greenwood explains how habitual physical activity can increase stress resistance. Exercise can, for example, reduce the incidence and severity of stress-related psychiatric disorders, including depression and anxiety. Using an animal model of stress-related mood disorders called learned helplessness, progress has been made towards understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying the stress-buffering effects of exercise.  

Exercise enables us to adapt to/protect against stress

After describing the learned helplessness phenomenon, my talk will focus on the role of serotonin in learned helplessness and how adaptations in the central serotonergic system that occur with voluntary exercise could contribute to the protective effects of physical activity against stress-related mood disorders.

Sponsored by the CSU Department of Health and Exercise Science.

Contact: Chris Bell
Phone: (970) 491-7522