Journal article

The pro-cognitive mechanisms of physical exercise in people with schizophrenia

Joseph Firth, Jack Cotter, Rebekah Carney, Alison R Yung

BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHARMACOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

Schizophrenia is associated with pervasive cognitive deficits which are unresponsive to antipsychotic medications. Physical exercise has been shown to improve cognitive functioning in people with schizophrenia, although the mechanisms for this are unclear. We conducted a systematic review of all exercise intervention studies which reported changes in brain structure, connectivity or peripheral biomarkers which could underlie cognitive improvements from exercise in schizophrenia. An electronic database search was conducted on 22 September 2016 using keywords relevant to exercise and neurocognition in schizophrenia. The search returned 2342 articles. Sixteen were eligible for inclusion, report..

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