Exercise and Memory

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Updated on Apr 17, 2013

It's often said that physical exercise improves cognitive functioning in some way. This project involves a simple, well-controlled scientific experiment to test and identify the effect of physical exercise on rote memorization skills.


How does physical exercise affect memory?


  • Computer with Internet access
  • Color printer
  • Digital camera
  • Typical office/hobby/hardware/craft supplies (paper, poster board, glue, etc.).
  • Forty volunteers


  1. Carefully study the related literature (see bibliography below).
  2. Address all of the terms and research questions mentioned here.
  3. Search and print out interesting images relevant to your topic.
  4. Prepare a single list of 40 randomly chosen words, arranged in random order.
  5. Find 20 volunteers who are regularly involved in a physical sport or other physical activity such as working out at the gym. This Group can be labeled Group 1.
  6. Find 20 other volunteers who do not normally engage in physical activities. This group can be labeled Group 2.
  7. Have all volunteers study the word list for 20 minutes.
  8. Ask each volunteer to recall as many words as possible from the list.
  9. Carefully record all results.
  10. Analyze your data.
  11. Explain your findings a detailed report.
  12. Include graphics, diagrams, lists and demonstrations in your science fair display.
Judee Shipman is a Bay Area Educational Consultant and professional writer of quality educational materials. Her recent writing credits include Top50States.com (a popular and entertaining website about states), and a book called The Portable Chess Coach (Cardoza, 2006), currently available in stores.

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