The Effects of Physical Conditioning on Mental Performance
Uniformed Services University of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States
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This study was designed to determine the effects ofan aerobic physical conditioning program on the ability to perform selected mental performance tasks by normal healthy adults. Subjects were volunteers working as junior house staff at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. All subjects underwent a maximal graded exercise test to determine maximal oxygen consumption V02max, an objective measure of aerobic fitness. The subjects then completed ten sessions of a mental Performance Assessment Battery PAB which included both single and double-digit addition, a logical reasoning task, and a spatial pattern recognition task. The ten testing sessions were administered at randomized times of the day to allow separation of learning effects from time of day effects.