Study Basics

Parents – is your child’s healthcare provider concerned about their weight? If so, your child may be eligible to participate in research involving walking and brain health! Kids aged 8-10 years are eligible to participate (must meet pre-screening requirements).

Study Purpose

This study investigates the relationship between acute aerobic exercise and adiposity, on brain function and behavioral outcomes of inhibitory control tasks, and academic achievement. Demographic measures of age, sex, IQ, socioeconomic status and aerobic fitness are considered, along with body composition outcomes. Children will complete two different interventions: walking and reading. Findings from this study will provide a greater understanding of the role of active breaks on brain function, cognition, and academic achievement in children.

Could this study be right for you?

  • Is your child between the ages of 8-10?
  • Is your child’s healthcare provider concerned about their weight?
  • Is your child interested in participating in science?
  • AGE: 8 - 10
  • VISITS: 3 visits total, 2 hours each
  • DURATION: 1 visit a week for 3 weeks

This study will examine the effects of acute aerobic exercise and adiposity on cognitive and brain function in preadolescence (ages 8-10). We will be collecting a battery of cognitive, academic performance, fitness, neuroimaging, body composition and psychosocial outcomes to examine the outcomes and mechanisms of the intervention. Participants will complete 3 assessment sessions. THIS STUDY IS NOW OPEN FOR RECRUITMENT!

Please call 617-373-3747 or email to participate.

What participants can expect

  • Session 1
    • Questionnaires for the child about handedness, sleep, emotions, standardized testing, cognitive tasks, a body scan, and a treadmill exercise test. Questionnaires for parents/guardians.
  • Sessions 2 and 3
    • Walking on the treadmill and/or reading, followed by computer tasks under EEG (electroencephalography), and tasks of academic performance. Participants will wear a heart rate monitor. 

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