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Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management
This study had three main objectives. The first objective was to determine whether or not there was evidence of a testing effect being present when a short-term memory assessment is included along with a long-term memory assessment. The second objective was to determine whether acute exercise can improve long-term memory recall over a control condition. The third objective was to determine if the potential effects of acute exercise on long-term memory are confounded by the inclusion of a short-term memory assessment. Participants were 54 undergraduate students at the University of Mississippi, with an age range of 18-22 years old. Participants completed 9 visits in total. The first visit was a maximal exercise visit to determine their max heart rate, with the following 8 visits being a main exercise or control visit, with a 24-hour follow up visit for long-term memory recall. Immediately after exercise or control, the participant encoded a set of 15 words for 5 cycles. Immediately after encoding, the participant would either leave the lab or perform a short-term recall of the set of words, depending on the condition. Results of this study suggested evidence of a testing effect, that acute exercise may improve long-term memory, and that the effects of exercise on long-term memory might not be confounded by including a short-term assessment.
Christian, Philip, "The Effects of Acute Exercise on Memory: Considerations of the Testing Effect" (2023). Honors Theses. 2990.
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