Research behind the idea

In an article from Psychology Today, I found interesting information, which supports the design behind Ventureoutherapy. In fact, I have found many articles about the brain function also paint a picture for this design: “For their latest UAB study, Linda Overstreet-Wadiche and Jacques Wadiche—who are both associate professors in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Neurobiology—focused on neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus region of the hippocampus. The dentate gyrus is an epicenter of neurogenesis responsible for the formation of new episodic memories and the spontaneous exploration of novel environments, among other functions.”

The design behind Ventureoutherapy is to allow for new neural pathways to form and communicate with each other through the connection of the synapses (which is maliable and keeps changing so as to form more of a bond between them).

“More specifically, the researchers focused on newly born granule cell neurons in the dentate gyrus that must become wired into a neural network by forming synapses via neuroplasticity in order to stay alive and participate in ongoing neural circuit function. There are only two major brain regions that are currently believed to have the ability to continually give birth to new neurons via neurogenesis in adults; one is the hippocampus (long-term and spatial memory hub) the second is the cerebellum (coordination and muscle memory hub). Notably, granule cells have the highest rate of neurogenesis. Both the hippocampus and cerebellum are packed, chock-full with granule cells.

Interestingly, moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) is one of the most effective ways to stimulate neurogenesis and the birth of new granule cells in the hippocampus and the cerebellum. (As a cornerstone of The Athlete's Way platform, I've been writing about the link between MVPA and neurogenesis for over a decade. To read a wide range of Psychology Todayblog posts on the topic click on this link.)

Therefore, since the neural pathways can bring new experiences throughout the brain, and the synapses are growing and bonding, we can recreate our memories, process through difficulties, and invent solutions to when feeling “stuck”.

Priscila Podesta