Cognitive neuroscientist Dr David Moreau has been recognised by the Royal Society Te Apārangi Te Kōpūnui with the Early Career Research Excellence Award for Social Sciences.
Moreau is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland, and leads its Brain Dynamics Lab.
The award recognises his research into the benefits of high-intensity exercise on the brain. Although the benefits of exercise on the brain and the body are well documented, this was thought to rely on prolonged aerobic exercise.
His work is showing that similar benefits can be achieved by short bursts of intense activity lasting no more than a few minutes. The findings could be important to schools, workplaces, disadvantaged communities and in rest homes, where opportunities to exercise may be limited.