Effects of exercise and non-invasive brain stimulation on learning

We are currently seeking healthy volunteers aged between 40 and 55 years for a study exploring the effect of high intensity exercise on learning in middle-aged healthy adults, and whether the effect can be increased using brain stimulation. This study involves three sessions of either cycling or resting for 20 minutes, and completing a motor learning task while undergoing transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), which is a painless, safe, and non-invasive means of stimulating nerve cells in the brain. In addition, participants will complete a series of questionnaires related to physical activity levels and health. A fourth 30 minute session one week later will involve completing the motor task again.

This research is being conducted at University of Canberra and involves attending three 1 hour sessions over one week, followed by one 30 minute session one week later. Participants will be receive a $30 Coles Myer gift voucher to cover their time and travel expenses.

Join our research

If you are interested in participating in this research and are:

  • Aged between 40 and 55 years old
  • Have no known neurological and psychiatric illness, or history of traumatic brain injury.
  • Are able to undertake high intensity exercise. 

Please contact sophie.andrews@anu.edu.au