Journal of Undergraduate Research


physical activity, memory, recognition differentiation


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Many studies have shown a correlation between physical exercise and healthy cognitive processing. It has been shown extensively that regular exercise has a positive impact on brain health. One example is a study that linked increased exercise with greater performance on as shown via a Stroop Color-Word test [1]. Similarly, regular exercise has been shown to be related to improved memory and object recognition [2]. Another study has shown that even a single session of exercise can alter functional connectivity in the brain as measured by the resting-state fMRI [3]. The problem with this literature is an utter lack of universal standards that constitute exercise. Most studies split a group of individuals into “high” and “low” exercisers. Sometimes the “high” exercisers are Olympic athletes—an impractical standard of exercise for the general public.

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