Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-30876
Title: Running During Encoding Improves Word Learning for Children
Author(s): Amico, Gianluca
Schaefer, Sabine
Language: English
Title: Frontiers in Psychology
Volume: 11
Publisher/Platform: Frontiers
Year of Publication: 2020
Free key words: physical exercise
acute physical exercise
word learning
DDC notations: 610 Medicine and health
Publikation type: Journal Article
Abstract: The learning of new information is an important task in everyday life, especially at a young age. Acute physical exercise can facilitate cognitive processes in multiple ways, and previous studies have shown that memory can profit from physical exercise before and during the encoding of vocabulary. The current study investigates the interplay of movement and vocabulary learning and also addresses lifespan differences in these effects. Participants were recruited in a recreational basketball club. Children (n = 24, Mage = 12.3 years; 13 girls), young adults (n = 30, Mage = 21.5 years; 17 women), and older adults (n = 24, Mage = 59.3 years; 9 women) learned 20 new pseudo-words, which corresponded to a German word. In a between-subjects design, encoding took place either while standing, while running, or while running and dribbling a basketball. Recall was assessed three times throughout the learning session and on the following day. In children, more words could be remembered in the running condition compared to the standing condition. There were no differences between conditions for the young and older adults. Age-dependent reasons for this pattern of results are discussed and embedded into the literature of physical exercise. Our result suggests that implementing learning activities into children’s physical education or exercise activities could be beneficial.
DOI of the first publication: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00684
Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291--ds-308764
ISSN: 1664-1078
Date of registration: 7-May-2020
Faculty: HW - Fakultät für Empirische Humanwissenschaften und Wirtschaftswissenschaft
Department: HW - Sportwissenschaft
Professorship: HW - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sabine Schäfer
Collections:SciDok - Der Wissenschaftsserver der Universität des Saarlandes

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