Attorney-CPA Joe Cordell and co-host Susan Arthur are joined by Dr. Wendy Suzuki, a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University and author of “Healthy Brain, Happy Life.” Her work focuses on areas of the brain critical for our ability to form and retain long-term memories, and some of her more recent research is dedicated to the role that exercise plays in neuroplasticity and expanding cognitive reserve.
They discuss what neuroplasticity entails, what much of the research surrounding brain function and stimulation entails, and the impact of exercise on the aging brain.
She talks about the boost in brain function that an aerobic workout can have, as well as her studies as it relates to Parkinson’s Disease. Dr. Suzuki details the misconceptions surrounding the connection between brain function and exercise and the importance of good sleeping habits in cognitive performance.
Dr. Suzuki also advocates the importance of meditation and how that can offer benefits to brain health. She discusses how manageable of a lifestyle change increasing healthy habits is and how vacuuming or walking around a store can be easy and beneficial ways of keeping your brain healthy.