Study: 12 minutes of exercise improves attention, reading comprehension in low-income adolescents

13 Jun

From experience to meaning...

If you ever saw the Classroom Experiment with Dylan William, than you maybe already know the benefits of exercise for learning. A new follow-up study from a 2012 study shows 12 minutes of exercise can improve attention and reading comprehension in low-income adolescents, suggesting that schools serving low-income populations should work brief bouts of exercise into their daily schedules. The earlier study found that brief aerobic exercise improved selective visual attention among children, with low-income participants experiencing the biggest improvement.

The new study, published as part of the June volume of Frontiers in Psychology, compared low-income adolescents with their high-income peers. While both groups saw improvement in selective visual attention up to 45 minutes after exercising, the low-income group experienced a bigger jump. (Selective visual attention is the ability to remain visually focused on something despite distractions.) The low-income students also improved on tests of reading comprehension following the physical…

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