A recent Dartmouth study of 85 participants (ages 17-21 years old) compared selective visual attention, reading comprehension and stress levels of low income and high income students following 12 minutes of jogging in place in the individual's target heart rate zone.
The following results were recorded:
1. both groups saw improvement in selective visual attention up to 45 minutes after exercising
2. the low income group showed great improvements than the high income group in selective visual attention
3. low-income students improved on tests of reading comprehension following the physical activity, whereas the high-income students did not
4. low income participants did report more stress than the high income participants
Reference: Tine M. Acute aerobic exercise: an intervention for the selective visual attention and reading comprehension of low-income adolescents. Front. Psychol., 11 June 2014 | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00575
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