Rachel Hopman

Rachel currently researches the effects of physical activity on cognition as a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Cognitive and Brain Health.  Rachel recently completed a doctoral program at the University of Utah, where she engaged in research determining the cognitive benefits from spending time in nature.  At Utah, Rachel studied the neurological changes from multiple days spent in nature and found that outdoor exposures improve neural functioning and cognition.  Rachel and her research team used neurophysiological tools and psychological measurements to study brain behavior in wild places around Utah, including ruins left by Anasazi Indians in southern Utah and rivers winding through dinosaur lands in northern Utah.  Like the participants that she measured, Rachel found peace through exploring nature during her free time. Rachel plans to continue researching the health benefits of physical activity in outdoor environments and exploring the natural land of New England.


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