PhD defence - Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is defending his PhD thesis

Acute Exercise and Motor memory Consolidation


13 October 2016, 14:00


Auditorium A in Teilum Building, Frederik V's vej 11, 2100 Copenhagen (Rigshospitalet).


Associate Professor Nicolai Baastrup Nordsborg (chair), Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Claudia Voelcker-Rehage, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany

Professor Markus Gruber, Universität Konstanz, Germany


Associate Professor Jesper Lundbye-Jensen, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sport, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

About the thesis

The aim of this thesis is to investigate the relationship between motor skill learning and exercise and more specifically how exercise intensity, timing and type affect the consolidation process of motor memory, and to investigate related neurophysiological adaptations.

The thesis itself consists of three individual studies concerning these variables within exercise and the underlying mechanisms. The results can/may contribute to our understanding of how exercise can influence neural plasticity and behavior.

Furthermore, the results can help us prescribe guidelines for the inclusion of exercise in schools, sport and rehabilitation settings in order to improve the retention of motor skills.

2016, 152 pages, ISBN 978 87 93476 55 4