Jennifer L. Etnier

Jennifer Etnier is a professor of sport and exercise psychology in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Etnier completed her Bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics at the University of Tennessee, her Master’s degree in exercise and sport science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Ph.D. in sport and exercise psychology at Arizona State University. Dr. Etnier was an assistant professor at Wake Forest University from 1995-1998. She then returned to Arizona State University in 1998 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2004. Dr. Etnier came to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2004. Dr. Etnier's research interests lie in the field of Exercise Psychology. Her primary research focus is in the area of physical activity and cognition. In particular, Dr. Etnier is interested in the potential benefits of physical activity for the slowing of age-related cognitive decline and for the prevention of dementia. Dr. Etnier is also pursuing research related to the potential benefits of physical activity for ADHD children, the benefits of a single bout of exercise for cognition, and the benefits of chronic physical activity in chronically ill populations (i.e., fibromyalgia syndrome, Celiac’s disease patients).

There are 22 included publications by Jennifer L. Etnier :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Behavioral interventions to benefit cognition: intervenciones cognitivas para beneficiar la cognición 2015 659 With the growing population of older adults, the identification of treatment strategies to prevent or ameliorate age-related cognitive decline has been an important topic in recent years. After reviewing cross-sectional, longitudinal, and experimenta...
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) as a potential mechanism of the effects of acute exercise on cognitive performance 2015 1796 The literature shows that improvements in cognitive performance may be observed following anacute bout of exercise. However, evidence in support of the biological mechanisms of this effectis still limited. Findings from both rodent and human studies ...
Dose–response relation between exercise duration and cognition 2015 1703 Purpose: The study aimed to provide evidence-based recommendations for the prescription of a single session of exercise to improve cognitive performance. In particular, the purpose was to determine the dose–response relation between exercise duration...
Effect of acute aerobic exercise on cognitive performance: Role of cardiovascular fitness 2014 4408 Objectives: To determine whether fitness and cognitive task type moderate the relationship between acute exercise and cognition. Methods: Thirty-six healthy college-aged adults completed a maximal graded exercise test and were categorized as low, mod...
The effect of acute exercise on cognitive performance in children with and without ADHD 2015 2464 Background: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood disorder that affects approximately 11% of children in the United States. Research supports that a single session of exercise benefits cognitive performance by children...
Effects of an acute bout of exercise on memory in 6th grade children 2014 2478 Research supports the positive effects of exercise on cognitive performance by children. However, a limited number of studies have explored the effects specifically on memory. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of an acute bout of e...
The effects of acute exercise on cognitive performance: A meta-analysis 2012 10542 There is a substantial body of literature related to the effects of a single session of exercise on cognitive performance. The premise underlying this research is that physiological changes in response to exercise have implications for cognitive func...
Effects of acute exercise on executive function: a study with a Tower of London Task 2011 1253 The purpose of this study is to extend the literature by examining the effects of an acute bout of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic exercise on the executive functions of planning and problem solving assessed using a Tower of London Task (TOL T...
Effects of acute exercise on long-term memory 2011 4314 In this study, we tested the effect of acute exercise on long-term memory, specifically the timing of exercise relative to the memory challenge. We assessed memory via paragraph recall, in which participants listened to two paragraphs (exposure) and ...
The effects of acute exercise on memory and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) 2016 31 Acute exercise benefits cognition, and some evidence suggests that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) plays a role in this effect. The purpose of this study was to explore the dose–response relationship between exercise intensity, memory, and B...
The effects of low-intensity cycling on cognitive performance following sleep deprivation 2017 10 This study examined the effect of 24 h of sleep deprivation on cognitive performance and assessed the effect of acute exercise on cognitive performance following sleep deprivation. Young, active, healthy adults (n = 24, 14 males) were randomized to c...
The effects of physical activity on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms: The evidence 2011 4019 Evidence supports the beneficial effects of physical activity (PA) on cognitive performance and suggests that effects might be particularly large for children. However, limited research has explored PA as a means of managing behavioral symptoms and i...
Examining the time course of attention during golf putts of two different lengths in experienced golfers 2014 786 A dual-task paradigm was used to investigate the time course of attention during putting relative to task difficulty (6 ft vs. 12 ft). Putting performance and reaction time (RT) were measured while 20 experienced golfers responded verbally to an audi...
Examining the time course of attention in a soccer kick using a dual task paradigm 2013 1058 A dual-task paradigm was implemented using a repeated measures design to determine the time course of attention demands during performance of a soccer penalty kick. Experienced soccer players (N = 15) were asked to perform a 12-yard soccer-style pena...
An external focus of attention is effective for balance control when sleep-deprived 2018 11 The purpose of our study was to examine if the beneficial effects of an external focus are effective for balance control when sleep-deprived. Sleep-deprived participants (27 hours awake) completed three blocks of five separate 30 second trials on a d...
The Immediate and Delayed Effects of an Acute Bout of Exercise on Cognitive Performance of Healthy Older Adults 2010 1705 Research on the acute effects of exercise on cognitive performance by older adults is limited by a focus on nonhealthy populations. Furthermore, the duration of cognitive improvements after exercise has not been examined. Thus, this study was designe...
Innovative Research Exploring the Effects of Physical Activity and Genetics on Cognitive Performance in Community-Based Older Adults 2015 844 Physical activity is predictive of better cognitive performance and lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The apolipoprotein E gene (APOE) is a susceptibility gene for AD with the e4 allele being associated with a greater risk of AD. Cross-sectiona...
Motivating mature adults to be physically active 2017 18 As a population, middle-aged and older adults are not meeting national guidelines for exercise. The purpose of this study was to describe factors associated with exercise adherence in an 8-month program offered as part of a research study testing the...
Parental perceptions of the effects of exercise on behavior in children and adolescents with ADHD 2014 1189 Background: Anecdotally, parents often report that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who engage in regular physical activity (PA) experience positive behavioral changes. The purpose of this study was to examine this anecdo...
The Physical Activity and Alzheimer's disease (PAAD) study: Cognitive outcomes 2018 24 Background: Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that degrades cognitive functioning and ultimately results in death. Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease and, hence, the identification of preventative strategies is important. ...
Physical Activity and Cognition in Older Adults: The Potential of Tai Chi Chuan 2010 980 The purpose of this article is to review the potential of Tai Chi Chuan as a mode of physical activity that could have cognitive benefits for older adults and to provide potential directions for future research. A brief introduction to Tai Chi Chuan ...
The Relationship Between Physical Activity and Executive Function Performance in Children With Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 2010 3512 Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) consistently perform worse on executive function (EF) tasks relative to those without AD/HD. Physical activity has a small effect on cognition in children and may be particularly benefici...