Research Design Connection Exercising and Thinking

Research by Pantzar and colleagues confirms the value of supporting employee efforts to exercise, via onsite exercise facilities, for example. The investigators report that ‚ÄúAerobic exercise influence cognition in elderly, children, and neuropsychiatric populations‚ĶThe sample consisted of‚Ķoffice workers‚ĶA cognitive test battery (9 tests), assessed processing speed, working memory, executive functions and episodic memory‚ĶGroups of moderate‚Ķand high‚Ķfitness outperformed the group of low‚Ķfitness for inhibition and episodic recognition, whereas no significant differences between moderate and high fitness were observed‚ĶThis has implications on organizational and societal levels; where incentives to improve fitness levels from low to moderate could yield desirable cognitive and health benefits in adults.‚ÄĚ Alexandra Pantzar, Lars Jonasson, Orjan Ekblom, Carl-Johan Boraxbekk, and Maria Ekblom. 2018. ‚ÄúRelationships Between Aerobic Fitness Levels and Cognitive Performance in Swedish Office Workers.‚ÄĚ Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 9, article 2612, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02612 Sally Augustin, PhD, a cognitive scientist, is the editor of Research Design Connections (www.researchdesignconnections.com), a …