Aerobic Fitness Boosts Memory and Learning in Children

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[Source:  Medical News Today]

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Researchers say that physical fitness in children can boost their memory and learning abilities, particularly when initially learning a task that is more challenging.

The research, published in the journalPLOS ONE, was conducted by Lauren Raine and colleagues from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The study involved 48 children aged 9 and 10-years-old. On the first day, a test was carried out to measure the children’s aerobic fitness. This involved conducting a maximal oxygen consumption test, which was done while the children carried out physical activity on a treadmill.

On day 2, the children were required to memorize names and locations on two different maps, using two different learning strategies:

  • A study only strategy (SO) – the children could memorize the material by studying the information only
  • A test study strategy (TS) – the children were tested on the material as they studied.

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