Educational Psychology Review

, 20:111

Exercise and Children’s Intelligence, Cognition, and Academic Achievement


    • Department of KinesiologyUniversity of Georgia
  • Catherine L. Davis
    • Medical College of Georgia
  • Patricia H. Miller
    • Department of KinesiologyUniversity of Georgia
  • Jack A. Naglieri
    • George Mason University
Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10648-007-9057-0

Cite this article as:
Tomporowski, P.D., Davis, C.L., Miller, P.H. et al. Educ Psychol Rev (2008) 20: 111. doi:10.1007/s10648-007-9057-0


Studies that examine the effects of exercise on children’s intelligence, cognition, or academic achievement were reviewed and results were discussed in light of (a) contemporary cognitive theory development directed toward exercise, (b) recent research demonstrating the salutary effects of exercise on adults’ cognitive functioning, and (c) studies conducted with animals that have linked physical activity to changes in neurological development and behavior. Similar to adults, exercise facilitates children’s executive function (i.e., processes required to select, organize, and properly initiate goal-directed actions). Exercise may prove to be a simple, yet important, method of enhancing those aspects of children’s mental functioning central to cognitive development.


ExercisePhysical activityChildrenIntelligenceCognitionAcademic achievement

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