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Time-dependent effects of acute exercise-induced arousal on long-term memory for emotional and neutral stimuli
by Weiss, Lauren R., M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 2016, 89; 10130116
Abstract (Summary)

Psychological research has strongly documented the memory-enhancing effects of emotional arousal, while the effects of acute aerobic exercise on memory are not well understood. Manipulation of arousal has been shown to enhance long-term memory for emotional stimuli in a time-dependent fashion. This presents an opportunity to investigate the role of acute exercise in memory modulation. The purpose of this study was to determine the time-dependent relationship between acute exercise-induced arousal and long-term emotional memory. Participants viewed pleasant, neutral, and unpleasant images before or after completing a high-intensity session of cycling exercise. Salivary alpha-amylase, a biomarker of central norepinephrine, was measured as an indicator of arousal. No effects of exercise on recognition memory were revealed, however; a single session of high-intensity cycling increased salivary alpha-amylase. Our results also indicate that the influence of exercise on emotional responsiveness should be considered in further exploration of the memory-enhancing potential of acute exercise.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, J. Carson
Commitee: Riggins, Tracy, Spangenburg, Espen E.
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Department: Kinesiology
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Kinesiology, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Acute exercise, Arousal, Emotional memory, Memory, Salivary alpha-amylase
Publication Number: 10130116
ISBN: 9781339879796
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