Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Article on Impact of Motor Activity on Brain

The most recent issue of the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science (Vol. 15, No. 4) contains a literature review article that should be of interest of at least some RT researchers and practitioners. The article (pp. 203 - 206) is "The Impact of Motor Activity and Inactivity on the Brain: Implications for the Prevention and Treatment of Nervous-System Disorders."

The authors, Martin Woodlee (University of Texas at Austin) and Timothy Schallert (University of Michigan), conclude: "Increased activity, in the form of exercise, learning new motor skills, or even exposure to more complex environments, has many effects on brain structure. Increased activity also appears useful in preventing and treating some neurological discorders, in which more fertile conditions may exist for use-dependent brain changes" (p. 206).


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