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ERIC Number: ED156329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 15
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Physical Exertion and Immediate Classroom Mental Performance Among Elementary School Children.
Gabbard, Carl
This study was designed (1) to investigate the relationship between physical exertion and mental performance in elementary school children and (2) to determine if male or female mental performances are more affected by physical exertion. A total of 95 second graders participated in six treatments of induced physical exertion during their regularly scheduled physical education classes. The six experimental treatments consisted of a pre-test and five post-tests. The pre-test and final post-test were used as controls in which the subjects performed the mental task with no prior induced physical exertion. The four induced physical exertion treatments lasted 20, 30, 40, and 50 minutes. After each exertion session, the classroom teachers administered a mathematical mental test consisting of 36 first grade level problems. Results indicated that the subjects performed significantly better on the math problems after 50 minutes of physical exertion than after no exertion. Testing also revealed no significant differences between male and female mean difference scores. (Author/JMB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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