The Exercise Effect on Mental Health: Neurobiological Mechanisms

1st Edition

Henning Budde, Mirko Wegner

CRC Press
Published April 13, 2018
Reference - 518 Pages
ISBN 9780815348863 - CAT# K345619

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Reviews all currently existing meta-analyses

Includes the perspective of elite/ high-performance sports. Research has illustrated that sports and exercise may also lead to sport addiction and reduced mental health. This aspect has not been covered appropriately

Presents a strong focus on the effect exercise has on motor learning and motor development, which is not represented in the other books

Integrates the most important psychological phenomena related to exercise and mental health with strong neuobiological explanations


The Exercise Effect on Mental Health contains the most recent and thorough overview of the links between exercise and mental health, and the underlying mechanisms of the brain. The text will enhance interested clinicians’ and researchers’ understanding of the neurobiological effect of exercise on mental health. Editors Budde and Wegner have compiled a comprehensive review of the ways in which physical activity impacts the neurobiological mechanisms of the most common psychological and psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. This text presents a rigorously evidence-based case for exercise as an inexpensive, time-saving, and highly effective treatment for those suffering from mental illness and distress.


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