An ecological approach to cognitive enhancement: complex motor training.

  title={An ecological approach to cognitive enhancement: complex motor training.},
  author={David Moreau and Alexandra B. Morrison and Andrew R. A. Conway},
  journal={Acta psychologica},

Figures and Tables from this paper

High-intensity training enhances executive function in children in a randomized, placebo-controlled trial
This study suggests a promising alternative to enhance cognition, via short and potent exercise regimens using a 6 week high-intensity training (HIT) regimen.
Cognitive-Motor Dual Task Interference Effects on Declarative Memory: A Theory-Based Review
A narrative, theory-based review of dual-task experiments suggests that cognitive-motor interference can either impair or enhance memory of semantic information and the manner in which physical activity impacts working memory within executive processing appears to explain disparate outcomes.
Brains and Brawn: Complex Motor Activities to Maximize Cognitive Enhancement
The target articles in this special issue address the timely question of embodied cognition in the classroom, and in particular the potential of this approach to facilitate learning in children. The
Balance training improves memory and spatial cognition in healthy adults
The results suggest that balance training is capable of improving particularly memory and spatial cognition, and an increase in cardiorespiratory fitness does not seem to be necessary to induce beneficial effects of physical exercise on cognition.
Embodied Perspectives on Behavioral Cognitive Enhancement
It is argued that embodied cognition represents a productive framework to explain results and to inform new studies aimed at enhancing cognition, and future research should integrate embodiment and cognitive enhancement in training paradigms focused on joint cognitive and physical tasks.
Have Standard Tests of Cognitive Function Been Misappropriated in the Study of Cognitive Enhancement?
It is argued that the broadly distributed brain activity associated with the performance of many tests of cognitive function, extending to the classical motor networks, permits the impact of interventions based on motor training or PA to be better understood.
Variability of practice as an interface between motor and cognitive development
In this commentary, we highlight intriguing commonalities between the research areas of exercise and cognition and motor skill development and learning. While these two research domains have
Aerobic Exercise with Superimposed Virtual Reality Improves Cognitive Flexibility and Selective Attention in Young Males
The literature to date is limited regarding the implantation of VR in healthy young individuals with a focus on cognitive function. Thirty healthy males aged between 22.8 and 24.3 years volunteered


Cognitive enhancement: a comparative review of computerized and athletic training programs
Cognitive enhancement refers to any type of improvement in cognitive performance following targeted interventions. Cognitive training is a rapidly growing market with potential to further expand in
Putting brain training to the test
Although improvements were observed in every one of the cognitive tasks that were trained, no evidence was found for transfer effects to untrained tasks, even when those tasks were cognitively closely related.
Fitness Effects on the Cognitive Function of Older Adults
Fitness training was found to have robust but selective benefits for cognition, with the largest fitness-induced benefits occurring for executive-control processes.
Enhancing Spatial Ability Through Sport Practice Evidence for an Effect of Motor Training on Mental Rotation Performance
This experiment investigated the relationship between mental rotation and sport training. Undergraduate university students (n = 62) completed the Mental Rotation Test (Vandenberg & Kuse, 1978),
Exercising your brain: a review of human brain plasticity and training-induced learning.
Possible characteristics of training regimens are proposed that may be responsible for augmented learning, including the manner in which task difficulty is progressed, the motivational state of the learner, and the type of feedback the training provides.
Is working memory training effective?
There is a need to directly demonstrate that WM capacity increases in response to training, and it is argued that transfer of training to WM must be demonstrated using a wider variety of tasks, thus eliminating the possibility that results can be explained by task specific learning.
Training of Working Memory in Children With ADHD
Working memory (WM) capacity is the ability to retain and manipulate information during a short period of time. This ability underlies complex reasoning and has generally been regarded as a fixed
No evidence of intelligence improvement after working memory training: a randomized, placebo-controlled study.
This study compared young adults who received 20 sessions of practice on an adaptive dual n-back program or an adaptive visual search program with a no-contact control group that received no practice, and found no positive transfer to any of the cognitive ability tests.
Training the brain: Fact and fad in cognitive and behavioral remediation