Shedding Light on a New Psychology of Movement and Exercise

Thibault Deschamps, Nantes Université, Movement - Interactions – Performance, MIP, EA 4334, F-44000 Nantes, France
2019 OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine  
Let's consider the issues of exercise and cognitive function from a different angle, for instance, by moving from a sitting position to standing. Seeing something from different perspectives not only reflects our cognitive flexibility [1] but also has a direct impact on executive performance. Interestingly, some recent studies have reported a smaller Stroop effect when standing than sitting [2-3] or stepping backward [4] . This evidences that body posture enhances selective attention and
more » ... ve control. Through these examples, the assumption presented here is that our daily cognitive functioning is closely linked to our sensorimotor present and vice-versa. Our abilities to move are cognitively vital. Hence a call for a new psychology of movement and, by extension, of exercise emerges [2], with consequences for how to address the role and the effects of movement and exercise on cognitive function. Movement and Cognition are Intertwined: An Important Illustration in Older Adults The understanding of the relationship between age-associated declines in cognitive function, impaired (loco) motor function, and reduced mobility is evolving. These major (pathological) features have generally been viewed as distinct and separate domains for a long time. As a specific
doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903055 fatcat:oyphyec2onawzeu5kczdinmxrq