Project Title

Does Physical Activity affect academic performance?

Major

Psychology

Department

Psychology

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Richard Osbaldiston

Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract

Obesity is becoming an epidemic in the United States. With increasing budget cuts, the school systems are turning to cutting physical fitness education in schools. This not only contributes to the obesity epidemic, but also impacts the scores of core education. In this study, a meta-analysis was used to study the effect of physical activity on academic achievement. Using PsycInfo, numerous articles that measured the effect of physical activity on academic achievement were located; the effect size for each relationship was calculated from the data in each given study. An overall average weighted effect size was computed. It was hypothesized that an increase of physical activity would increase scores achieved on academic tests.

Presentation format

Poster

Poster Number

69

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Does Physical Activity affect academic performance?

Obesity is becoming an epidemic in the United States. With increasing budget cuts, the school systems are turning to cutting physical fitness education in schools. This not only contributes to the obesity epidemic, but also impacts the scores of core education. In this study, a meta-analysis was used to study the effect of physical activity on academic achievement. Using PsycInfo, numerous articles that measured the effect of physical activity on academic achievement were located; the effect size for each relationship was calculated from the data in each given study. An overall average weighted effect size was computed. It was hypothesized that an increase of physical activity would increase scores achieved on academic tests.