Event Title

The Effect of Exercise on Decision-Making and Problem-Solving

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Samuel Day

Start Date

23-4-2019 5:00 PM

End Date

23-4-2019 6:00 PM

Description

Physical fitness and healthy living have become an essential part of everyday life. One effect of physical activity that has become of interest to researchers is its effects on cognitive processing. Prior research has found that physical exercise can improve creative thinking (Colzato, et al., 2013), memory (Barenberg et al., 2011), and the ability to ignore distracting information (Pontifex, Hillmann & Fernal, 2009). The present study examines the effects of exercise on decision-making and problem-solving. Participants were randomly assigned to complete two cognitive tasks (the Wason Selection Task and the Asian Disease Problem) either before or after 15 minutes of exercise. We hypothesize that a higher percentage of the post-exercise group will select the risk-taking alternative on the Asian Disease Problem, and a higher percentage of the post-exercise group will score correctly on the Wason Selection Task.

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The Effect of Exercise on Decision-Making and Problem-Solving

Physical fitness and healthy living have become an essential part of everyday life. One effect of physical activity that has become of interest to researchers is its effects on cognitive processing. Prior research has found that physical exercise can improve creative thinking (Colzato, et al., 2013), memory (Barenberg et al., 2011), and the ability to ignore distracting information (Pontifex, Hillmann & Fernal, 2009). The present study examines the effects of exercise on decision-making and problem-solving. Participants were randomly assigned to complete two cognitive tasks (the Wason Selection Task and the Asian Disease Problem) either before or after 15 minutes of exercise. We hypothesize that a higher percentage of the post-exercise group will select the risk-taking alternative on the Asian Disease Problem, and a higher percentage of the post-exercise group will score correctly on the Wason Selection Task.