The effect of sports on language functions

Au, A., Guan, Q., Caltabiano, M., Rodwell, P., Myatt, A., and Meng, W. (2011) The effect of sports on language functions. In: Combined Abstracts of 2011 Australian Psychology Conferences. p. 137. From: 46th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, 4 - 8 October 2011, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

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The role of the cerebellum in movement, coordination and language processing has been well documented. This study investigated if exercising behaviour (mediated by the cerebellum) is related to participants' reading abilities. Sixty undergraduates (50 female and 10 male) aged between 17 and 65 years took part in various reading and spelling tasks. Information collected included the level and maintenance of physical exercise a participant undertook over time. Results showed no significant difference between the exercise and no-exercise groups for reading, spelling, irregular word reading and reading of phonologically-regular-pseudowords. Participants who exercised more strenuously did not demonstrate higher reading and spelling accuracies than those who did mild or no exercise. Furthermore, those who maintained the weekly exercise routine over a longer period of time did not have higher reading and spelling accuracies than those who maintained the exercise routine over a shorter period of time. The attributes of the participants used might explain the current findings.

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Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
ISBN: 978-0-909881-43-6
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Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2012 01:02
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology @ 100%
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