Effects of physical exercise on recall of concrete and abstract words in pre-adolescents

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Wangui, Maryviona
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BA (Hons) Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The aims of the current study were to; establish the effect of physical exercise in the recall of concrete and abstract words and to explore whether recall of words would vary across genders. 35 participants; 14 females and 21 males between 10-12 years, from a local Dublin urban primary school participated in the study which involved a mixed method, with qualitative and quantitative data analysis and collection. A mixed design with a between and within groups criteria was also used. The independent variable was; physical exercise, while the dependent variable was recall. Participants watched and recalled both concrete and abstract words, pre-, and post-, physical activity on day 1, and sedentary activity on day 2. A significant difference in the recall of concrete words after exercise was established, with no significance of either of the words after sedentary activity. Furthermore, gender differences in recall were not found.