Ex­er­cise can re­fine cog­ni­tive func­tion

The Asian Age - - Science + Health -

Wash­ing­ton, Oct. 13: A new study has found how cog­ni­tive per­for­mance can im­prove dur­ing aer­o­bic ex­er­cise.

Dur­ing the study, con­ducted at the Univer­sity Mu­nich, elec­troen­cephalog­ra­phy read­ings were taken as 24 par­tic­i­pants per­formed a vis­ual work­ing mem­ory task while at rest and dur­ing the ex­er­cise in­volv­ing dif­fer­ent pos­tures: seated on or pedalling a sta­tion­ary bi­cy­cle, as well as stand­ing or walk­ing on a tread­mill. The find­ings are pub­lished in the Bri­tish Jour­nal of Psy­chol­ogy. “Our find­ings hold im­pli­ca­tions not only for the field of cog­ni­tive psy­chol­ogy, wherein our knowl­edge has been pri­mar­ily de­rived from seated, rest­ing par­tic­i­pants, but also for our un­der­stand­ing of cog­ni­tive per­for­mance at large. Al­though modern so­ci­ety has evolved to be­come more and more seden­tary, our brains may nev­er­the­less per­form best while our bod­ies are ac­tive,” said lead au­thor Thomas Toll­ner.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tors found that both aer­o­bic ex­er­cise and up­right pos­ture im­proved vis­ual work­ing mem­ory com­pared with pas­sive and seated con­di­tions. Their analy­ses also sug­gest where the neu­ral ori­gins of these ob­served ef­fects take place.

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