Exercise and Cognitive Function

Time and Location
Saturday May 24, 2008, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Superior B


This symposium covers the theoretical and empirical evidence for an interaction between exercise and cognitive function. Neuroendocrinological and integrated cognitive psychology/cognitive neuroscience approaches are discussed, as is the application of an exercise intervention in a developmental setting.

Terry McMorris (Chair)
University of Chichester

Terry McMorris
University of Chichester
Acute Exercise and Cognitive Performance: Roles of the Sympathoadrenal and Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Systems
The theoretical and empirical evidence for an interaction between exercise, cognitive performance and the sympathoadrenal (SA) and hypothalamic pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis systems is examined. A model suggesting an interaction between exercise and cognition, and both the SA and HPA axis systems is proposed.

Michel Audiffren
University of Poitiers, Poitiers, France
Acute Bout of Steady-State Exercise Improves Sensory and Motor Processes But Competes With Executive Processes for Common Resources
The facilitating effect of cognitive performance observed during/immediately after a bout of aerobic exercise is generally explained by an increase in physiological arousal. Recent data suggest that acute aerobic exercise improves specific stages of stimulus-driven information processing but impairs top-down executive functions. A bidirectional cognitive-energetic model will be presented.

Phillip D. Tomporowski
University of Georgia
Exercise and Children's Cognitive Function
Physical activity has been found to favorably influence children's cognitive function, academic achievement, and neurological processes. Clear evidence for a causal relation between exercise and children's cognitive function was lacking until recently. Results from a series of studies that assess physical activity and young children's behavior will be summarized.

Karen Davranche (Discussant)
University of Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom

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