Effect of the Long-Term Health Practices of Tai Chi, Meditation and Aerobics on Adult Human Executive Attention: A Cross-Sectional Study

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dc.contributor.advisor Woollacott, Marjorie en_US
dc.contributor.author Hawkes, Teresa en_US
dc.creator Hawkes, Teresa en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-26T01:43:04Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-26T01:43:04Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1794/12340
dc.description.abstract Meditation, Tai Chi, and moderate aerobic exercise have been shown to positively affect executive attention. We compared the executive attention efficiency and aerobic capacity of long-term Tai Chi, meditation plus exercise, aerobic fitness, and sedentary participants. We hypothesized that because meditation and Tai Chi include moderate aerobic exertion and executive attention training, these groups would show significantly greater executive attention efficiency compared to aerobic exercisers or sedentary control groups. Our results support this. Tai Chi and meditation but not aerobic fitness practitioners significantly outperformed sedentary controls on key executive measures: percent switch costs and P3b ERP switch amplitude (Tai Chi, p = .001; p = .031, respectively; meditation, p = .006; p = .003, respectively). This suggests participation in chronic health practices requiring moderate aerobic exertion and attentional focus may offset declines in aerobic, neuromotor, and executive attention capacity often seen in normal aging. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Oregon en_US
dc.rights All Rights Reserved. en_US
dc.subject Exercise physiology en_US
dc.subject Healthy aging en_US
dc.subject Meditation en_US
dc.subject Multivariate Research Design en_US
dc.subject Public health en_US
dc.subject Tai Chi en_US
dc.title Effect of the Long-Term Health Practices of Tai Chi, Meditation and Aerobics on Adult Human Executive Attention: A Cross-Sectional Study en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US


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