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ERIC Number: EJ979952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Competitive versus Cooperative Exergame Play for African American Adolescents' Executive Function Skills: Short-Term Effects in a Long-Term Training Intervention
Staiano, Amanda E.; Abraham, Anisha A.; Calvert, Sandra L.
Developmental Psychology, v48 n2 p337-342 Mar 2012
Exergames are videogames that require gross motor activity, thereby combining gaming with physical activity. This study examined the role of competitive versus cooperative exergame play on short-term changes in executive function skills, following a 10-week exergame training intervention. Fifty-four low-income overweight and obese African American adolescents were randomly assigned to a competitive exergame condition, a cooperative exergame condition, or a no-play control group. Youths in the competitive exergame condition improved in executive function skills more than did those in the cooperative exergame condition and the no-play control group. Weight loss during the intervention was also significantly positively correlated with improved executive function skills. The findings link competitive exergame play to beneficial cognitive outcomes for at-risk ethnic minority adolescents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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