Exercising Control Over Memory Consolidation

Trends Cogn Sci. 2017 May;21(5):310-312. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2017.03.001. Epub 2017 Mar 28.


Exercise can improve human cognition. A mechanistic connection between exercise and cognition has been revealed in several recent studies. Exercise increases cortical excitability and this in turn leads to enhanced memory consolidation. Together these studies dovetail with our growing understanding of memory consolidation and how it is regulated through changes in motor cortical excitability.

Keywords: consolidation; cortical excitability; exercise; motor skill; offline processing.

MeSH terms

  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Exercise*
  • Humans
  • Memory / physiology*
  • Memory Consolidation*
  • Motor Skills