Researchers found that going out for a run may help improve your memory for a future exam.
A new study published in the Cognitive Systems Research suggests that what you do after spending time studying can determine whether most of the information will remain in your memory.
Based on the study’s findings, researchers are telling students to substitute playing video games for a quick run in the park.
In the study, Dr. Harald Kindermann, the lead researcher, gathered 60 men aged 16-29 to learn and memorize a location route.
The men were then split into three groups: one that played the shooting video game Counter-Strike, another that went out for a jog, and lastly, a third one that spent time outside.
In the end, the results concluded that the runners performed significantly better at keeping more information in their memory compared to their counterparts. Also, researchers reached a conclusion on why gamers don’t retain more memory by looking at the psychological factors in play.
As researchers suggested, violent video games trick the brain into believing that a physical threat is present, thus rejecting any new information it has learned.
The researchers’ hypothesis on improved memory and running is cortisol — a steroid hormone produced by the body during exercise like running; this hormone has been linked to improved memory.