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Physically Fit Children Learn And Retain Information Better Than Less Fit Peers

September 11, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Children aged nine and ten who were physically fit performed better on learning and memory tests than less-fit peers, according to a study by U.S. researchers. Forty-eight children were asked to memorize names and locations on a fictitious map. They were allowed to study the information or were tested as they studied. Half the children were in the top 30 percent of their age group on a test measuring aerobic fitness; the other half scored in the lowest 30 percent. When the children were asked to recall the information they had studied, those who were physically fit performed better than those who were not as fit.
Lauren B. Raine et al., "The Influence of Childhood Aerobic Fitness on Learning and Memory", PLoS ONE, September 11, 2013, © Raine et al.
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