Physical education enhances your concentration

Schmidt, Mirko; Egger, Fabienne; Jäger, Katja; Conzelmann, Achim (11 October 2012). Physical education enhances your concentration (Unpublished). In: Workshop on new directions in brain training. Berlin, Humboldt University. 11.10-13.10.2012.

There is growing evidence that physical education has not only positive effects on the physical health of children and adolescents, but also contributes positively to personality development and to performance in cognitive tasks. Existing studies indicate chronic as well as acute effects of physical education on cognitive performance. However, underlying mechanisms, required content of the physical intervention and duration of the effects are still unclear. In order to shed light on some of these open questions, the present study investigated the acute effects of a special form of physical education, integrating cardiac-stimulating tasks with executive demands, on the concentration of 11-year olds. Concentration was assessed three times using the d2-R Test. Intervention (n=38) and control group (n=35) did not differ in their d2-R performance in pre- nor in post-test, which took place after either a physical intervention or a normal core subject lesson respectively. In the follow-up test however, which was completed after two more core subject lessons for both groups, the intervention group improved more in their d2-R performance than the control group F(1, 71)=4.95, p=.03, indicating that physical education can positively influence children’s concentration, not immediately after the activity, but later on during the following school lessons.

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07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Psychology and Research Methods

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Schmidt, Mirko, Egger, Fabienne, Jäger, Katja, Conzelmann, Achim


700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology




Corinne Ammann

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02 Jul 2014 12:16

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05 Dec 2022 14:35


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