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dc.contributor.advisorWoollacott, Marjorieen_US
dc.contributor.authorHawkes, Teresaen_US
dc.creatorHawkes, Teresaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-26T01:43:04Z
dc.date.available2012-10-26T01:43:04Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1794/12340
dc.description.abstractMeditation, 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.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Oregonen_US
dc.rightsAll Rights Reserved.en_US
dc.subjectExercise physiologyen_US
dc.subjectHealthy agingen_US
dc.subjectMeditationen_US
dc.subjectMultivariate Research Designen_US
dc.subjectPublic healthen_US
dc.subjectTai Chien_US
dc.titleEffect of the Long-Term Health Practices of Tai Chi, Meditation and Aerobics on Adult Human Executive Attention: A Cross-Sectional Studyen_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US


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