ERIC Number: EJ1101284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Statistical Learning Is Not Affected by a Prior Bout of Physical Exercise
Stevens, David J.; Arciuli, Joanne; Anderson, David I.
Cognitive Science, v40 n4 p1007-1018 May 2016
This study examined the effect of a prior bout of exercise on implicit cognition. Specifically, we examined whether a prior bout of moderate intensity exercise affected performance on a statistical learning task in healthy adults. A total of 42 participants were allocated to one of three conditions--a control group, a group that exercised for 15 min prior to the statistical learning task, and a group that exercised for 30 min prior to the statistical learning task. The participants in the exercise groups cycled at 60% of their respective V[overdot]O[subscript 2]max. Each group demonstrated significant statistical learning, with similar levels of learning among the three groups. Contrary to previous research that has shown that a prior bout of exercise can affect performance on explicit cognitive tasks, the results of the current study suggest that the physiological stress induced by moderate-intensity exercise does not affect implicit cognition as measured by statistical learning.
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Learning, Statistics, Exercise, Adults, Control Groups, Stress Variables, Exercise Physiology
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