Impact of Physical and Cognitive Exertion on Cognitive Control

Davranche, Karen, Tempest, Gavin, Gajdos, Thibault and Radel, Rémi (2018) Impact of Physical and Cognitive Exertion on Cognitive Control. Frontiers in Psychology, 9. p. 2369. ISSN 1664-1078

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In a recent study, the differential effects of prolonged physiologically challenging exercise upon two executive processes (cognitive control and working memory) were investigated. However, the impact of exercise on the selective inhibition task employed was debatable and needed further analysis to dissociate the effects induced by exercise intensity from those induced by the time spent on task upon cognitive control outcomes. In this study, we propose a thorough analysis of these data, using a generalized mixed model on a trial-by-trial basis and a new measure of the strength of the automatic response based on reaction time distribution, to disentangle the effect of physical fatigue from cognitive fatigue. Despite the prolonged duration of exercise, no decline in cognitive performance was found in response to physical fatigue. The only change observed during 60-min exercise was an acceleration of the correct trials and an increase of errors for incompatible trials. This pattern, shown during low and physiologically challenging exercise, supports the occurrence of cognitive fatigue induced by the repetition of the cognitive tasks over time.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: time spent on task, intense prolonged exercise, error location function, eriksen task, selective inhibition
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2019 15:18
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 22:15

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