About the study:

The purpose of the this study is to investigate the effects of a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) neuroplasticity paradigm on healthy young and older adults after a session of aerobic exercise.

What it involves:

Participants will be asked to come into the lab for 3 sessions:

Session 1 – Study information, TMS familiarisation and a submaximal exercise test (moderate intensity)

Session 2 -  TMS measures + Rest session

Session 3 – TMS measures + Exercise session – the exercise involves cycling on a stationary bike for 20min at moderate intensity, as per your fitness level.

The order of session 2 and 3 will be randomised. Each session will be 7 days apart and will last 1.5-2.5 hours.

Between the sessions you will also be asked to wear an activity watch which monitors your habitual physical activity.


  • Are aged 18 to 30 and 65+ years of age.
  • Have no neurological or psychological diagnosis.
  • Have not been previously diagnosed with a psychiatric disease.
  • Do not mind exercising during the sessions.
  • Do not mind having electrodes attached to your hand.

Participants will be reimbursed $30 on the completion of the study.

For further information please contact:


Phone: 08 8302 1365

This project has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee (Ethics Protocol 203404) .