2008 - Research

Exercise and Children’s Intelligence, Cognition, and Academic Achievement

This study reviews the literature that examines the effects of exercise on children’s intelligence, cognition, or academic achievement.

  • Research suggests that gains in children’s mental functioning due to exercise are seen most clearly on tasks that involve executive functions (performing goal-directed actions in complex stimulus environments).
  • Exercise is an important method of developing mental functioning that is central to both cognitive and social development.

Tomporowski, Phillip D., Davis, Catherine L., Miller, Patricia H. and Naglieri, Jack A. “Exercise and Children’s Intelligence, Cognition, and Academic Achievement.” Educational Psychology Review. 20.2 (2008): 111-131.

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