How does physical demand affect cognitive performance? Interference between outdoor running and narrative memory

Epling, Samantha, Edgar, Graham K ORCID: 0000-0003-4302-7169, Russell, Paul and Helton, William (2018) How does physical demand affect cognitive performance? Interference between outdoor running and narrative memory. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 62 (1). pp. 237-241. doi:10.1177/1541931218621055

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Dual-tasking situations are common in military, firefighting, search and rescue, and other high risk operations. Cognitive and physical demands can occur at the same time, but little is known about the specific demands of real world tasks or how they might interfere with one another. It is well known that attempting simultaneous tasks will divide and divert attention, but to what extent? In this experiment, a narrative memory task was paired with an outdoor running task, and as expected, memory task performance declined when participants were asked to run at the same time. It is suggested that more cognitively demanding physical tasks be used within this dual-task paradigm for a better understanding of the human cognitive resource structure, i.e., how and why certain tasks interfere.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dual-task; Resource theory; Working memory; Climbing
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV191.2 Outdoor Life. Outdoor recreation. > GV199.44 Rock climbing.
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rhiannon Goodland
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2018 08:24
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:04

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