Human dopaminergic system in the exercise-cognition link

Meijun Hou, Fabian Herold, Zhihao Zhang, Soichi Ando, Boris Cheval, Sebastian Ludyga, Kirk I. Erickson, Charles H. Hillman, Qian Yu, Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Jin Kuang, Arthur F. Kramer, Yanxia Chen, Joseph T. Costello, Chong Chen, Olivier Dupuy, Dominika M. Pindus, Terry Mcmorris, Lars Stiernman, Liye Zou

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While the dopaminergic system is important for cognitive processes, it is also sensitive to the influence of physical activity (PA). We summarize current evidence on whether PA-related changes in the human dopaminergic system are associated with alterations in cognitive performance, discuss recent advances, and highlight challenges and opportunities for future research.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTrends in Molecular Medicine
Early online date7 May 2024
Publication statusEarly online - 7 May 2024


  • neurotransmitter
  • cognition
  • exercise
  • fitness
  • brain health
  • catecholamines

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