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The current study aimed to investigate the use of physical activity as a context cue for object location memory. The study included 49 undergraduate students who were asked to encode and recall a grid of 14 objects under three different physical activity conditions: rest, rolling a ping-pong ball, and pedaling on an exercise bike. It was expected that participants engaging in matching physical activity contexts at encoding and recall would have significantly higher rates of recall for object locations when compared to participants in the non-matching physical activity contexts. Results did not support my hypothesis as there was no evidence of a context effect of physical activity on object location memory. However, there was a significant advantage for participants identifying as White/Caucasian in the task over participants identifying as African American/Black. The failure to find a significant context effect is discussed in terms of an interference effect.
Swan, Jami, "Using Differing Levels of Physical Activity as a Context Cue for Memory" (2018). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 105.