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Wang NY Times Article Sparks Great Public Interest

Professor Sam Wang has co-authored a widely read opinion editorial in the New York Times, "Exercise On The Brain." The article, which was published on Thursday, November 8, links exercise to improved brain function in later life. He debunks the idea that brain exercises such as puzzles or computer games, which are multimillion-dollar industries, are the most effective means of maintaining general brain function.

The article was popular immediately and eventually became the most-emailed article of the past 30 days. "Although the benefits of exercise for brain function are well known to neuroscientists, the idea seems not to have seeped into popular consciousness," says Professor Wang, who has a joint appointment in Molecular Biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. "It's just one of many discoveries about the brain that have an practical impact on everyday life but aren't widely known." The op-ed was co-authored by Dr. Sandra Aamodt, editor of Nature Neuroscience. The subject of exercise and the brain is one of many topics to be covered in their upcoming book "Welcome To Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life," to be published in March 2008. It will also appear in 14 translations worldwide.

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