The effects of an acute bout of moderate intensity exercise on cognitive performance

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Molly C Casebere (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Jennifer Etnier

Abstract: "The purpose of this study was to provide a real-world test of the relationship between the performance of an acute bout of moderate physical activity (walking) during the lunch hour and subsequent cognitive performance in the workplace. Participants were generally healthy, middle aged (mean age = 45.23), white-collar workers. Participants were randomly assigned to walk or not walk on their lunch break and then complete a battery of computer-based cognitive tests later in the afternoon. On a second day, the same procedures were repeated with the walkers now being the non-walkers and vice versa. Within subjects analysis revealed significant differences, p<.05, for five of the seven response times between the two testing conditions. These results suggest that an acute bout of moderate physical activity during the workday can have facillatory effects on certain cognitive functions."--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

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Language: English
Date: 2006
physical activity, walking, acute bout, lunch hour, cognitive performance
Cognition--Effect of exercise on
Exercise--Psychological aspects
Mind and body

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