Journal of Cognitive Enhancement

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 94–103 | Cite as

Exercise and Emotional Memory: a Systematic Review

  • Paul D. LoprinziEmail author
  • Emily Frith
  • Meghan K. Edwards


Memories are often vividly recalled when experienced during an emotional event (i.e., emotional memory). Exercise has been shown to subserve episodic memory function, but its role in influencing emotional memory is less clear. In this systematic review, we discuss the potential underlying mechanisms that subserve emotional memory and summarize an emerging body of research investigating the effects of exercise on emotional memory. We also highlight recommendations for future work in this emerging field of inquiry.


Amygdala Cognition Cues Episodic Norepinephrine Perceptual Physical activity 


Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul D. Loprinzi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Emily Frith
    • 1
  • Meghan K. Edwards
    • 1
  1. 1.Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory, Exercise Psychology Laboratory, Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation ManagementThe University of MississippiOxfordUSA

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