Motion, Relation, and Passion in Brain Physiological and Cognitive Aging

Hermundur Sigmundsson*, Benjamin H. Dybendal, Simone Grassini

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The aim of the current paper was to present important factors for keeping the basic structures of a person’s brain function, i.e., the grey and white matter, intact. Several lines of evidence have shown that motion, relation, and passion are central factors for preserving the neural system in the grey and white matter during ageing. An active lifestyle has shown to contribute to the development of the central nervous system and to contrast brain ageing. Interpersonal relationships, and interactions, have shown to contribute to complex biological factors that benefit the cognitive resilience to decline. Furthermore, the current scientific literature suggests that passion, strong interest, could be the driving factor motivating individuals to learn new things, thus influencing the development and maintenance of the neural functional network over time. The present theoretical perspective paper aims to convey several key messages: (1) brain development is critically affected by lifestyle; (2) physical training allows one to develop and maintain brain structures during ageing, and may be one of the keys for good quality of life as an older person; (3) diverse stimuli are a key factor in maintaining brain structures; (4) motion, relation, and passion are key elements for contrasting the loss of the grey and white matter of the brain.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1122
JournalBrain Sciences
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2022

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Other keywords

  • challenges
  • cognitive ageing
  • grey matter
  • interest
  • learning
  • motion
  • passion
  • physical exercises
  • relation
  • white matter


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