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Learning and Fitness

By Bryan Toporek — September 17, 2013 1 min read

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.

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A version of this article appeared in the September 18, 2013 edition of Education Week as Learning and Fitness

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