The Genesis program is a 30 day medically based plan with a personalized schedule focusing on nutrition, brain utilization, exercise, stress management, and socialization. Clinical trials show these preventative strategies expand one’s cognitive reserve, delay cognitive decline, and in some cases reverse cognitive complications.
After completing the program, you will be able to apply the skills you have learned to keep your brain performing at its peak. Our aim is for each participant in the Genesis program to have the tools and knowledge necessary to improve cognition and if possible delay the onset of any cognitive issues.
TRAINING YOUR BRAIN: DO MENTAL AND PHYSICAL (MAP) TRAINING ENHANCE COGNITION THROUGH THE PROCESS OF NEUROGENESIS IN THE HIPPOCAMPUS?
New neurons are produced each day in the hippocampus through the process of neurogenesis. Both mental and physical training can modify this process by increasing the number of new cells that mature into functional neurons in the adult brain. However, the mechanisms whereby these increases occur are not necessarily the same. Physical activity, especially aerobic exercise greatly increases the number of new neurons that are produced in the hippocampal formation. In contrast, mental training via skill learning increases the numbers that survive, particularly when the training goals are challenging. Both manipulations can increase cognitive performance in the future, some of which are reportedly mediated by the presence of new neurons in the adult hippocampus. Based on these data, we suggest that a combination of mental and physical training, referred to here as MAP training, is more beneficial for neuronal recruitment and overall mental health than either activity alone.
Department of Psychology, Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, USA
July 13, 2012