The Effect of Physical Activity Over the Lifespan on Cognitive Function

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Title:
The Effect of Physical Activity Over the Lifespan on Cognitive Function
Author:
Yourison, Cindy
Issue Date:
May-2012
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
A large body of research suggests that physical activity can help prevent cognitive decline in older adults by contributing to their cognitive reserve. The aim of this project was to develop a questionnaire to measure physical activity over the lifespan, in order to examine the effects of activity on cognition in older adults. We collected data on two participants concerning their physical activities in every decade of their lives, and the intensity levels of those activities, by means of the Physical Activity over the Lifespan Questionnaire (PALQ). The preliminary results of the data analysis suggest that higher levels of physical activity over the lifespan are related to higher episodic memory performance. Further research is needed to support these claims.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.S.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Psychology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleThe Effect of Physical Activity Over the Lifespan on Cognitive Functionen_US
dc.creatorYourison, Cindyen_US
dc.contributor.authorYourison, Cindyen_US
dc.date.issued2012-05-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractA large body of research suggests that physical activity can help prevent cognitive decline in older adults by contributing to their cognitive reserve. The aim of this project was to develop a questionnaire to measure physical activity over the lifespan, in order to examine the effects of activity on cognition in older adults. We collected data on two participants concerning their physical activities in every decade of their lives, and the intensity levels of those activities, by means of the Physical Activity over the Lifespan Questionnaire (PALQ). The preliminary results of the data analysis suggest that higher levels of physical activity over the lifespan are related to higher episodic memory performance. Further research is needed to support these claims.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
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