LEARN! Seminar Anne de Bruijn: Learning by moving: effects of physical activity on children’s academic achievement and brain functioning

01-06-2021

12.30 - 13.30

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LEARN! Seminar Anne de Bruijn: Learning by moving: effects of physical activity on children’s academic achievement and brain functioning

Dr. Anne de Bruijn

learn.fgb@vu.nl

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Anne de Bruijn
The importance of physical activity for children’s physical health is well-known. Importantly, more and more studies have shown that children’s physical fitness and motor skills are linked to their academic achievement as well. Likewise, physical activity has been found to have positive effects on children’s academic achievement. These results underline the importance of physical activity for children’s development. Explanations for the relations between the physical and cognitive domain have been sought in the brain. Physical activity is expected to affect brain areas that are important for learning, thereby improving academic achievement. It has been argued that different types of physical activity affect the brain differently. Yet, few studies have compared the effects of different types of physical activity. This work is needed to get a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying effects of physical activity on academic achievement. In this talk, I will discuss work I did during my PhD in which I compared the effects of two different interventions in physical education on primary school students’ academic achievement. In addition, I will present results of a related study in which I examined changes in brain activity as a result of the interventions. These results will be discussed in light of the mechanisms that have been proposed to explain the effects on academic achievement.