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When Learning Becomes a Good Fit: Concurrent Effects of Exercise on Memory in Comparison to Traditional Quiet Study

by Janice Dundas

Reduction of sedentary lifestyle consequences, such as heart disease, is a traditionally understood benefit of exercise; however, the nervous system is also advantaged. Review of literature demonstrates a gap in research when comparing exercise-based study to quiet study. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects that moderate exercise while studying has on the ability of undergraduate students to learn memory-based material in comparison to traditional quiet study. Exercise while studying was shown to significantly improve mean scores when compared to quiet study with respect to long-term retrieval of learned material. The findings of this study can dramatically influence the utilization of exercise as a significant tool to assist memory acquisition with implications for teaching and learning as well as health and wellness.

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