The effect of an acute bout of physical activity on specific cognitive processes
Beasman, Kathryn Marie
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The current study was designed to assess the effects of an acute bout of physical activity on specific cognitive processes. It was hypothesized that an acute bout of physical activity would facilitate participants performance on elements of tasks that involve executive control, but would not facilitate participants performance on non-executive tasks. Eighteen young adults (9 women and 9 men) performance on an executive function task (Switch Task) and two memory tasks (Brown-Peterson and Free Recall) was assessed before and immediately after 40 -1minutes of exercise at 60% VO2peak (ml·kg·min), exercise-control, and quiet rest. Results indicated no difference in performance from pretest to posttest on the Switch or Brown-Peterson Tasks. Delayed recall of primacy and recency words was preserved following exercise compared to exercise-control and rest interventions.