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Title: Aerobic fitness and the attentional blink in preadolescent children
Author(s): Wu, Chien Ting
Director of Research: Hillman, Charles H.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Hillman, Charles H.
Doctoral Committee Member(s): Cohen, Neal J.; McAuley, Edward; Petruzzello, Steven
Department / Program: Kinesiology & Community Health
Discipline: Kinesiology
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Aerobic Fitness Attentional-blink P3 Event-related Potentials Temporal attention Children
Abstract: Given the growing concern that children in today's industrialized and technologically advanced society are becoming more sedentary and less fit, a greater understanding of the extent to which aerobic fitness relates to brain health and cognition during development is of increasing importance. Given that temporal dynamics has not been examined to link the relation of aerobic fitness with cognition in preadolescent children, this study sought to employ neuroelectric and behavioral measures under the attentional blink task to examine this relationship. Using a cross-sectional design, response accuracy and event-related brain potentials were assessed for preadolescent children with different levels of aerobic fitness. Results indicated that higher-fit children exhibited greater response accuracy and enhanced attentional resources distribution compared to lower-fit children. These findings indicate that aerobic fitness may benefit cognitive health in particular with temporal dynamics during preadolescent maturation.
Issue Date: 2012-09-18
Rights Information: Copyright 2012 Chien Ting Wu
Date Available in IDEALS: 2012-09-18
Date Deposited: 2012-08

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