Exercise and Emotional Memory: a Systematic Review

Abstract

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.

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Loprinzi, P.D., Frith, E. & Edwards, M.K. Exercise and Emotional Memory: a Systematic Review. J Cogn Enhanc 3, 94–103 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s41465-018-0086-z

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Keywords

  • Amygdala
  • Cognition
  • Cues
  • Episodic
  • Norepinephrine
  • Perceptual
  • Physical activity