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Aaron Piepmeier

Photo of Aaron PiepmeierAaron Piepmeier (Kinesiology) received funding from the American College of Sports Medicine for the project “A molecular approach to examining BDNF in the physical activity-cognition connection.” Research has shown that there is a connection between physical activity (PA) and improved cognitive performance (e.g., memory, problem solving). Additionally, there seems to be a link between the intensity of the PA performed and cognitive benefits, with higher intensity levels eliciting greater benefits. However, the biological mechanism for this effect is not currently known. This research will explore the relationship between PA intensity and cognitive performance while using tools from Molecular Biology (i.e., Western Blot analysis) to assess a brain-derived protein (BDNF) that is a potential biological mechanism of this effect. Piepmeier is a graduate student.