EFFECTS OF PHYSICAL EXERCISE ON THE EPISODIC MEMORY IN HEALTHY ELDERLY CHILEANS
- Lopez, Norman - Veliz, Alex - Allegri, Ricardo - Soto Anari, Marcio - Chesta, Sergio - Carlos Coronado, Juan
- Datos de publicación:
- LIBERABIT-REVISTA DE PSICOLOGIA,Vol.21,81-89,2015
- Physical exercise - old age - episodic memory - sedentary lifestyle
- Migración Web of Science 
- Our objective was to analyze the effect of a regular physical activity program on the verbal and visuospatial episodic memory on mentally healthy elderly Chileans. Participated 74 elderly women without cognitive impairment -divided into an intervention group = 34 elderly women, who carried out physical activity for six months; and a control group = 40 sedentary women. We used the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT), and the Rey Complex Figure Test (RCFT) for the evaluation of the episodic memory. Analysis were performed inter-and intra-group with t student and d of Cohen to measure the effect size of t-tests. The results showed statistically significant differences in the post-test between the Intervention Group (IG) and Control Group (CG); noticing better yields in the verbal and visual episodic memory of the IG with a large size effect. It is concluded that regular physical activity increases the processing capacity, retention, and evocation of the verbal and visual episodic information in healthy elderly women.