After-school exercise program enhances cognition in 7-, 8- and 9-year-olds

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A nine-month-long, randomized controlled trial involving 221 prepubescent children found that those who engaged in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes a day after school saw substantial improvements in their ability to pay attention, avoid distraction and switch between cognitive tasks, researchers report in the journal Pediatrics.  Half of the study subjects were randomly assigned to the after-school program and the rest were placed on a wait list. All participants underwent cognitive testing and brain imaging before and after the intervention.

http://www.psypost.org/2014/09/school-exercise-program-enhances-cognition-7-8-9-year-olds-28343