Now, girls are at an even greater advantageous position when it comes to studies. First ranks in schools and universities are mostly secured by female candidates and it is a well-known fact that women are better at remembering things comparatively. Researchers have come up with an interesting news that provides dual benefit to the female community.
To Err During Exams is Common, To Ex’er’cise to Overcome it is Divine
Exercising has got not or two but many more reasons to perform it regularly right from an active lifestyle, healthier body, improved well-being and decreased risk of diseases. Yet another feather to the cap is increased memory. A group of researchers have come up with the new study that performing exercise after learning something right before an examination or in general, to improve your memory acts as a great booster to your memory capabilities if in case you are a woman.
Sometime back we already came to know that aerobic exercise boosts the size of hippocampus (part of brain associated with learning and cognition). The website www.firsteatright.com holds all the required information for knowing more about the effects of exercise on learning. Continuing to exercise for more than 6 months or a year increases volume of selected brain region. But now, this new study comes as a surprise to many.
To Exercise Memory
A team of researchers conducted a study on 256 participants. These participants were divided into four groups and subjected to four different experiments. In the first experiment, 74 students (UG) aged around 20 years were divided into two groups. One group were involved in 5 minutes of low-intensity cardio exercises before remembering name-face pairs while the other group was engaged in a non-exercise activity. 24 hours after learning phase the participants were tested on their memory skills. The other group was subjected to the same conditions but with one major change. The exercise session happened 5 minutes after the learning phase.
In the second experiment, the participants were made to follow the post-learning exercise routine on the same day as the learning phase to check whether sleep played any role in impacting memory skills. The third experiment replaced face-name task with abstract shapes recognition as there has been some research suggesting that emotional stimuli is remembered better compared to neutral material. With this, researchers were able to note that individuals who performed mild exercises soon after learning performed better than women who did not exercise. The fourth experiment was almost the same as the first except for the fact that the non-exercise activity differed. In all these experiments, the benefits of post-learning exercising were true and it also happened that the men did not benefit from such learning-exercise outcomes in any of the four experiments.
The researchers are doubtful whether any of the experiment conditions provoked women to show solid changes compared to men. One thing worth mentioning is that in three of the four face recognition experiments involved all the faces tested for recognition were that of males. Researchers feel that women are better in recognizing faces of men comparatively while men identify faces of women better.
Address Recess Stress
Children get short breaks between classes to refresh themselves. A snack break lasts for not more than 15 minutes and lunch breaks don’t surpass 45 minutes. As adults we require a break between office work to engage our minds effectively and produce promising results. Many schools are planning to reduce break timings to cope up with the pending portions but having these breaks are necessary to help kids focus better and perform better. It helps to come up with physical activity breaks several times during the day to help them stay attentive and learn. Until then, it is also required that researchers come up with better statistics to understand how much exercise is needed, how long it is needed and who are the people benefiting from exercising.
Flex your body, bend your hands and knees, shake your hips and do light exercises after learning to stay motivated to read, retain what you have read and put it effectively to practice.
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