Fitness helps with cognition
Brain-imaging studies pinpoint specific areas of the brain involved in higher-order cognitive functions and memory that are activated and enhanced by physical activity. Employing functional magnetic resonance imaging, researchers compared the brain activity of children involved in cognitive control tasks. Subjects with higher levels of fitness showed “a superior ability to activate frontal and parietal brain regions important for the monitoring, maintenance, and strategizing of higher-level cognitive control abilities, important skills for academic performance” (Chaddock et al., 2012, p. 266).
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