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The Effects of Cardiovascular Fitness on Cognition in Young Adults

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Material Information

Title: The Effects of Cardiovascular Fitness on Cognition in Young Adults
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Frazier, Ian
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Cognition
Exercise
Fitness
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This study examines the effects of cardiovascular fitness on cognition in young adults. Research has found beneficial fitness effects on cognition in studies on rats and elderly adults and acute beneficial exercise effects on young adults/athletes. Results from these studies indicate that both increased amounts of oxygenated blood to the brain and increased brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) caused by aerobic fitness lead to cognitive improvements in rats and the elderly. Whether these effects occur in young adults, a population that does not have the BDNF deficits that occur in the elderly, is unknown. In this study, 50 undergraduate students performed a battery of cognitive tests to evaluate their working and reference memory capacities and aspects of their executive functioning. After cognitive testing, participants� cardiovascular fitness levels were determined through indirect measures of VO2-max. Results from the cognitive tests were not significantly correlated with VO2 max levels thereby suggesting that exercise improves cognitive functioning in the elderly because it raises their BDNF levels.
Statement of Responsibility: by Ian Frazier
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Harley, Heidi

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 F85
System ID: NCFE003923:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003923/00001

Material Information

Title: The Effects of Cardiovascular Fitness on Cognition in Young Adults
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Frazier, Ian
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Cognition
Exercise
Fitness
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This study examines the effects of cardiovascular fitness on cognition in young adults. Research has found beneficial fitness effects on cognition in studies on rats and elderly adults and acute beneficial exercise effects on young adults/athletes. Results from these studies indicate that both increased amounts of oxygenated blood to the brain and increased brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) caused by aerobic fitness lead to cognitive improvements in rats and the elderly. Whether these effects occur in young adults, a population that does not have the BDNF deficits that occur in the elderly, is unknown. In this study, 50 undergraduate students performed a battery of cognitive tests to evaluate their working and reference memory capacities and aspects of their executive functioning. After cognitive testing, participants� cardiovascular fitness levels were determined through indirect measures of VO2-max. Results from the cognitive tests were not significantly correlated with VO2 max levels thereby suggesting that exercise improves cognitive functioning in the elderly because it raises their BDNF levels.
Statement of Responsibility: by Ian Frazier
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Harley, Heidi

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 F85
System ID: NCFE003923:00001

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