Title

Trouble remembering? Take a walk!

Venue

Campus Center

Major

Psychology

Field of Study

Psychology

Abstract

Previous research suggests that physical activity has an effect on neuroplasticity, cognitive functioning, and memory recall on both humans and animals (Hotting & Roder, 2013; SchmidtKassow et al., 2014). Furthermore, exercise performed before consolidation has been shown to increase memory involving word recall (Labban & Etnier, 2011; Salas, Minkata, & Keleman, 2011). We investigated the hypothesis of exercise improving memory recall. Participants were randomly allocated to one of two conditions: an exercise group, in which they performed a scavenger hunt on campus, or a stationary group, in which they performed a word-matching task. Our results showed the exercise group (n=20) had an increased number of recalled words in comparison to the control group (N=16; t(34) = 1.719, p=0.095). These results suggest that exercise can improve memory recall function, which has broad applications in daily activities.

Start Date

20-4-2018 10:00 AM

End Date

20-4-2018 10:45 AM

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Trouble remembering? Take a walk!

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Previous research suggests that physical activity has an effect on neuroplasticity, cognitive functioning, and memory recall on both humans and animals (Hotting & Roder, 2013; SchmidtKassow et al., 2014). Furthermore, exercise performed before consolidation has been shown to increase memory involving word recall (Labban & Etnier, 2011; Salas, Minkata, & Keleman, 2011). We investigated the hypothesis of exercise improving memory recall. Participants were randomly allocated to one of two conditions: an exercise group, in which they performed a scavenger hunt on campus, or a stationary group, in which they performed a word-matching task. Our results showed the exercise group (n=20) had an increased number of recalled words in comparison to the control group (N=16; t(34) = 1.719, p=0.095). These results suggest that exercise can improve memory recall function, which has broad applications in daily activities.