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“The Influence of Childhood Aerobic Fitness on Learning and Memory”

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Higher levels of aerobic fitness can bolster a child’s ability to learn and remember information, according to a study published last week in the online journal PLOS ONE.

Forty-eight 9- and 10-year-olds were asked to learn the names of regions on two separate maps.

Participants used two different study methods: either strictly studying the map or interlacing studying with testing on the regions and locations.

The researchers discovered that, overall, the interspersed-studying-and-testing method helped children of all fitness levels retain information better than studying only; both groups performed about as well that way. But the more-fit children outperformed the less fit in the study-only condition.

Vol. 33, Issue 04, Page 5

Published in Print: September 18, 2013, as Learning and Fitness
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