Effect of school-based motor stimulation intervention on executive function and attention performance in children

  • Cintia Mota Cardeal Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia - UFRB Universidade Católica de Brasília - UCB-DF
  • Lílian Alves Pereira Universidade Católica de Brasília - UCB-DF
  • Pollyanna Ferreira da Silva Universidade Católica de Brasília - UCB-DF
  • Nanci Maria de França Universidade Católica de Brasília - UCB-DF

Abstract

The influence of physical activity in children’s development of executive function is not yet consensus among previous studies. So this study aims to evaluate the effects of school based motor stimulation in cognitive function responses in children aged 6 to 10 years of public schools at Brasília-Federal District, Brazil. It was formed two groups control (n = 40) and experimental (n = 40) who were studied before and after the intervention. The variable analyzed was: motor skills, executive function, reaction time and selective attention. The intervention occurred during 7 months, two times week, in a 50 minutes physical education classes. The results showed that there was a significant difference between groups in tests of executive function [F(1, 118) = 13.768, p = .001], reaction time [F(1, 118) = 18.352, p = .001] and attention selective [F(1, 64) = 14.531, p = .001]. Thus, it was observed that the experimental group improved not only its motor performance, but also significantly improved the performance of cognitive functions tested.

Author Biographies

Cintia Mota Cardeal, Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia - UFRB Universidade Católica de Brasília - UCB-DF

Centro de Formação de Professores - Educação Física (Crescimento e Desenvolvimento Humano) - UFRB.

Doutoranda no Programa de Pós-Graduação Stricto Sensu em Educação Física - UCB-DF.

Lílian Alves Pereira, Universidade Católica de Brasília - UCB-DF

Mestranda no Programa de Pós-Graduação Stricto Sensu em Educação Física - UCB-DF.

 

Pollyanna Ferreira da Silva, Universidade Católica de Brasília - UCB-DF
Mestranda no Programa de Pós-Graduação Stricto Sensu em Educação Física - UCB-DF.
Nanci Maria de França, Universidade Católica de Brasília - UCB-DF
Docente no Programa de Pós-Graduação Stricto Sensu em Educação Física - UCB-DF.
Published
2013-09-30
Section
Original Article