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Intense Physical Exercise Reduces Overt Attentional Capture

Llorens, F, Sanabria, D, Huertas, F, Molina, E and Bennett, SJ (2015) Intense Physical Exercise Reduces Overt Attentional Capture. JOURNAL OF SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY, 37 (5). pp. 559-564. ISSN 0895-2779

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The abrupt onset of a visual stimulus typically results in overt attentional capture, which can be quantified by saccadic eye movements. Here, we tested whether attentional capture following onset of task-irrelevant visual stimuli (new object) is reduced after a bout of intense physical exercise. A group of participants performed a visual search task in two different activity conditions: Rest - without any prior effort; Effort - immediately after an acute bout of intense exercise. The results showed that participants exhibited: 1) slower reaction time of the first saccade toward the target when a new object was simultaneously presented in the visual field, but only in the rest activity condition; 2) more saccades to the new object in the rest activity condition than in the effort activity condition. We suggest that immediately after an acute bout of effort, participants improved their ability to inhibit irrelevant (distracting) stimuli.

Key words: Acute exercise, effort, eye movements, attention, exogenous attention, physical activity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: as accepted for publication
Uncontrolled Keywords: 11 Medical And Health Sciences, 13 Education, 17 Psychology And Cognitive Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
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Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2016 14:50
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 13:44
DOI or ID number: 10.1123/jsep.2015-0087
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2468
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