Tweet: Effect of physical exercise in student attention & learning


This study examined three variables among first year Introductory Psychology student’s impact of taking.;

  • Exercise breaks,
  • Non-exercise breaks, and 
  • No breaks on learning–

in their learning.

Three 5-minute breaks were equally distributed throughout a 50-minute computer-based video lecture.

  • The exercise breaks group performed a series of calisthenic exercises;
  • the non-exercise breaks group played a computer game;
  • the no breaks group watched the lecture without breaks.

Mind-wandering questions measured attention during the lecture.


  • Exercise breaks promoted attention throughout the lecture compared to no breaks and non-exercise breaks, and resulted in superior learning when assessed on immediate and delayed tests.
  • The exercise breaks group also endorsed higher ratings for narrator clarity and perceived understanding than the other two groups.  

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