Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Motor Behavior, Faculty of physical education and sport sciences, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran

2 Assistant professor, Department of Motor Behavior, Faculty of physical education and sport sciences, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran


Considering the effect that aerobic exercise can have on cognitive function and memory, the challenge that remains in research is how to schedule timing of these exercises in relation to the acquisition sessions. This study is looking at the question of how aerobic exercise before, during and after acquisition affects the process of consolidating verbal memory. In a semi-experimental design, 48 non-athlete girls aged 20 to 30 years in four groups with different timing (Pre-training, during-training and post-training and control) performed a combination of Ray auditory verbal learning task and 15 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity. Then, all groups participated in the retention test of memory task one and 24 hours later. The results showed that there was no significant difference between the groups in the trend of changes in the acquisition stage. In addition, the groups performed the same in retention tests. The only difference was observed in the rate of performance decline in the first retention test relative to the end-of-acquisition session, according to which, the control and pre-training groups had a significant decline in performance. Accordingly, it seems that physical exercise during and after acquisition session can have short-term positive effects on verbal memory, although more research is needed to conclude about the effects of timing.
Key Words: Aerobic Exercise, Memory Consolidation, Training Timing, Auditory verbal learning, Acquisition


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