Lindsay Nagamatsu, PhD


  • PhD (UBC)
  • MA (UBC)
  • BA (UBC)

Academic Appointments

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Psychological Basis of Kinesiology

Research Interests

  • Effects of exercise on cognitive function and neural plasticity
  • Cognitive risk factors for falls
  • Functional neuroimaging (EEG and fMRI)
  • Healthy aging

Additional Information

Ongoing Research Studies

Professor Nagamatsu's Brain Health Laboratory is recruiting research participants for the following studies:

Exercise and the Brain

The study consists of:

  • FREE – supervised, one-hour exercise sessions three times per week for six months
  • Cognitive testing, physical testing, and two MRI scans
  • All exercise sessions and testing will take place on campus at Western University

Interested participants may be eligible if they:

  • Are aged 60 to 80 years
  • Have not participated regularly in exercise in the last six months
  • Have not been diagnosed with a neurodegenerative or musculoskeletal disease
  • Have not had a stroke

For more information or to inquire about eligibility, please contact:

Featured Publications/Projects

A comprehensive list of publications is available through Google Scholar.

  • Nagamatsu, LS, Flicker, L, Kramer, AF, Voss, MW, Erickson, KI, Hsu, CL, and Liu-Ambrose, T. (2014). Exercise is medicine, for the body and the brain (commentary). British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(12), 943-944.
  • Nagamatsu, LS, Handy, TC, Hsu, CL, Voss, M, and Liu-Ambrose, T. (2012). Resistance training promotes cognitive and functional brain plasticity in seniors with probable mild cognitive impairment. Archives of Internal Medicine, 172(8), 666-668.
  • Liu-Ambrose, TYL, Nagamatsu, LS, Graf, P, Beattie, BL, Ashe, M, and Handy, TC. (2010). Resistance training and executive functions: A 12-month randomized controlled trial. Archives of Internal Medicine, 170, 170-178.

Recent Publications

  • Nagamatsu, LS, Weinstein, AM, Erickson, KI, Fanning, J, Awick, E, Kramer, AF, and McAuley, E. (accepted). Exercise mode moderates the relationship between mobility and brain volume in healthy older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
  • Nagamatsu, LS, Hsu, CL, Davis, JC, Best, JR, and Liu-Ambrose, T. (accepted). White matter brain volume mediates the relationship between self-efficacy and mobility in older women. Experimental Aging Research.
  • Best, J, Chiu, BK, Hsu, CL, Nagamatsu, LS, and Liu-Ambrose, T. (accepted). Long-term effects of resistance exercise training on cognition and brain volume in older women. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.
  • Bolandzadeh, N, Tam, R, Handy, TC, Nagamatsu, LS, Hsu, CL, Davis, JC, Dao, E, Beattie, BL, and Liu-Ambrose, T. (accepted). Resistance training and white matter lesion progression: Preliminary evidence of benefit from a 12-month randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
  • Davis, JC, Best, JR, Hsu, CL, Nagamatsu, LS, and Liu-Ambrose, T. (in press). Examining the relationship between falls and mild cognitive impairment on mobility and executive function in community-dwelling older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
  • ten Brinke, LF, Bolandzadeh, N, Nagamatsu, LS, Hsu, CL, Davis, JC, Khan, KM, Liu-Ambrose, T. (2015). Aerobic exercise increases hippocampal volume in older women with probable mild cognitive impairment: A 6-month randomized controlled trial. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 49(4), 248-254.

Research Affiliations

  • Exercise, Mobility and Brain Health Laboratory

Teaching Areas

  • Exercise neuroscience
  • Research methods and experimental design