The effects of acute moderate and high intensity exercise on memory

Marchant, David, Hampson, Sophie, Finnigan, Lucy, Marrin, Kelly, and Thorley, Craig (2020) The effects of acute moderate and high intensity exercise on memory. Frontiers in Psychology, 11. 1716.

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Abstract

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 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 ID: 63603
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1664-1078
Keywords: Acute Exercise, exercise intensity, Cognition, Recall, recognition, false memory
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2020 Marchant, Hampson, Finnigan, Marrin and Thorley. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2020 07:06
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology > 520404 Memory and attention @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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