Rachel Cole

Psychological & Brain Sciences

Beneficial Contribution of Health Behaviors to Learning and Related Brain Mechanisms in Older Adults


My main interests are in understanding the relationship between physical activity and cognitive functioning. I'd like to elucidate the mechanisms by which exercise influences neuroplasticity and how that results in observable cognitive changes. I'm particularly interested in physical activity as a both an intervention and a tool for preventing age-related cognitive decline. 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Department of Neurology
Rachel Cole
Newton, IA
BA, Neuroscience/Psychology, Knox College, 2012