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Higher Aerobic Fitness and Improved Language Processing

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Brain and Cognition published research on event-related brain potentials (ERPs) in children to determine the relationship between aerobic fitness and language processing.  ERPs were recorded while children read normal sentences and those containing semantic or syntactic violations.The following results were found:

1.  higher aerobically fit children exhibited greater amplitude when processing semantic information and shorter latency across all sentence types.

2.  higher fit children exhibited a larger effect for syntactic violations.

The researchers concluded that higher fitness may be associated with a richer network of words and their meanings, and a greater ability to detect and/or repair syntactic errors.

Reference:  Scudder, M et al. The association between aerobic fitness and language processing in children: Implications for academic achievement. Brain and Cognition. Volume 87, May 2014, Pages 140–152. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bandc.2014.03.016

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