Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 1132–1141

Poorer aerobic fitness relates to reduced integrity of multiple memory systems


    • Michigan State University
    • Department of Kinesiology, 27P IM Sports CircleMichigan State University
  • Andrew C. Parks
    • Michigan State University
  • Patrick C. O’Neil
    • Michigan State University
  • Adriel R. Egner
    • Michigan State University
  • Joseph T. Warning
    • Michigan State University
  • Karin A. Pfeiffer
    • Michigan State University
  • Kimberly M. Fenn
    • Michigan State University

DOI: 10.3758/s13415-014-0265-z

Cite this article as:
Pontifex, M.B., Parks, A.C., O’Neil, P.C. et al. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci (2014) 14: 1132. doi:10.3758/s13415-014-0265-z


Epidemiological investigations have revealed increases in the prevalence of sedentary behaviors in industrialized societies. However, the implications of those lifestyle choices and related cardiorespiratory fitness levels for memory function are not well-understood. To determine the extent to which cardiorespiratory fitness relates to the integrity of multiple memory systems, a cross-sectional sample of young adults were tested over the course of 3 days in areas related to implicit memory, working memory, long-term memory, and aerobic fitness. Findings revealed an association between aerobic fitness and memory function such that individuals with lower cardiorespiratory fitness exhibited poorer implicit memory performance and poorer long-term memory retention. These data indicate that cardiorespiratory fitness may be important for the optimal function of neural networks underlying these memory systems.


Basal gangliaCognitive controlNeural networkWorking memoryLongterm memoryImplicit memory

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