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The Effects of Acute Moderate and High Intensity Exercise on Memory

Marchant, D, Hampson, S, Finnigan, L, Marrin, K and Thorley, C (2020) The Effects of Acute Moderate and High Intensity Exercise on Memory. Frontiers in Psychology, 11. ISSN 1664-1078

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Acute cardiovascular exercise can enhance correct remembering but its impact upon false remembering is less clear. In two experiments, we investigated the effect of acute bouts of exercise on correct and false remembering using the Deese–Roediger–McDermott (DRM) memory test. In Experiment 1, healthy adults completed quiet rest or moderate intensity cycling prior to the memory test. In Experiment 2, a similar sample completed moderate intensity running, high intensity sprints, or a period of quiet rest prior to the memory test. In Experiment 1, acute moderate intensity exercise increased short-term correct, but not false, recall. Experiment 2 replicated these findings but also found an acute bout of high intensity exercise had no impact upon either type of short-term recall. Acute moderate intensity exercise, but not acute high intensity exercise, can improve short-term correct recall without an accompanying increase in false recall potentially through processing of contextually specific information during encoding.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology, 1702 Cognitive Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2020 10:24
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 06:19
DOI or ID number: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01716
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14085
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