Upcoming Courses

24th Annual Summer Seminars: Exercise and its Effects on Psychological Regulation and Cognition

John Ratey, MD

July 5, 2013 – July 7, 2013 | Martha's Vineyard, Edgartown, MA | Harbor View Hotel and Resort More Information

Exercise is essential in achieving optimal mental and physical health, and maximizing cognitive functions. Modern man is compelled by an evolutionary mandate as hunter gather genes require a physical activity threshold for the body to function properly. As the cognitive and emotional brain evolved from the motor brain, exercise underlies brain functioning. It enhances Neurogenesis-the essence of brain growth-and it primes nerve cells to connect with each other. In addition, exercise promotes neurotransmitter activity affecting mental health by moderating mood and anxiety. In the body/brain/mind relationship, the heart beat and contracting muscles trigger chemical messengers that regulate the brain and mind. Exercise activates brain systems that enhance learning; when primed, the brain is engaged and motivated which enables the student to deal with new information. Exercise plays a special role in treating ADHD, as well as its benefits in preventing and treating addictions, and improving the quality of life for bipolar and schizophrenic patients.

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Instruct their patients on the brain changes resulting from routines of physical aerobic exercise that will help manage mood;
  • Instruct parents and children as to the many ways aerobic exercise makes the learner better prepared to learn by changing the attention, motivational, and impulsive control level as well as the many alterations that make the neurons ready to learn at the cellular level;
  • Prescribe aerobic exercise regimens for patients to maximize their emotional health and cognitive function as they age.

Additional Information


Friday: 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8:15 am – 12:30 pm

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: 10


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Counselors: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School continuing education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The Weekend Summer Seminars for a maximum of 10 clock hours. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Social Workers: For information on the status of the application to the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, please call 617-754-1265 or email: sjruiz@bidmc.harvard.edu.

Nurses: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Nursing Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This summer programs meets the specifications of the Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR).

JOHN J. RATEY, MD is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ratey has been a leading teacher and researcher on brain and personality and treatment of aggression and the development of disabilities as well as the psychological and cognitive benefits of exercise and play. He has written extensively on Attention Deficit Disorder, learning disabilities, brain differences that affect social skills and has published Shadow Syndromes, a book that has helped broaden our understanding of how the brain affects everyday life. Dr. Ratey is the author of co-author of more than 75 scientific publications and seven books: Mental Retardation: Developing Pharmacotherapies, The Neuropsychiatry of Personality Disorders, Driven to Distraction, Answers to Distraction, Shadow Syndromes, The User’s Guide to the Brain, and Delivered from Distraction. His latest book is SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.