OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. It covers all evidence-based scientific studies on integrative, alternative and complementary approaches to improving health and wellness.

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Special Issue

Research of Exercise and Cognitive Function

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2019 (Closed) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Paul D. Loprinzi, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management Exercise & Memory Laboratory, The University of Mississippi, United States

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Research Interests: Exercise and memory function

About This Topic

For an upcoming Special Issue in OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine, we invite investigators to contribute original research and review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to better understand the effects of exercise on cognitive function. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:
• The effects of acute or chronic exercise on cognition
• Moderators (e.g., sex, age, weight status) of the exercise-cognition interaction
• Modality-specific (e.g., aerobic vs. resistance exercise) effects of exercise on cognition
• Intensity-specific (e.g., light, moderate, vigorous) effects of exercise on cognition


Open Access Editorial

Effects of Exercise on Cognition across the Lifespan

Received: 12 April 2020;  Published: 15 April 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2002020
Open Access Research Article

Working Memory in Collegiate Athletes and Non-Athletes: A Comparison of Team-Sports Athletes, Solo-Sports Athletes, Frequent Exercisers and Infrequent Exercisers

Received: 27 October 2019;  Published: 07 January 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2001002


Past research suggests that exercise is associated with improved working memory (WM) abilities, and that athletes have better executive functioning and WM skills than non-athletes. However, no studies to date have separated the effects of exercise from the effects of athletic participation when examining WM. This study had three primary goals: [...]
Open Access Original Research

Social Engagement and Task Complexity: Physical Activity Characteristics and Executive Function Among Older Adults

Received: 15 May 2019;  Published: 27 November 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1904064


Physical activity participation has been found to have a positive impact on cognitive function across a lifespan. For older adults, qualitative variables with the physical activity context may influence cognition than quantitative variables (e.g., intensity, duration). The purpose of this study was two-fold. The first objective was to develop [...]
Open Access Perspective

Shedding Light on a New Psychology of Movement and Exercise

Received: 24 July 2019;  Published: 24 September 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903055


Let’s consider the issues of exercise and cognitive function from a different angle, by moving from sitting to standing for instance. Not only does seeing anything from different perspectives reflect our cognitive flexibility [1], it also has a direct impact on the executive performance. Interestingly, recent studies reported a smaller Stroo [...]
Open Access Original Research

Feasibility of a Functional Medicine Approach to Slowing Clinical Cognitive Decline in Patients over Age 55: A Multiple Case Study Report

Received: 29 April 2019;  Published: 06 September 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903054


(1) Background: The current study examined a multifaceted anti-neuroinflammatory intervention that included physical exercise, mental exercise, grain-free/sugar-free diet, anti-inflammatory nutritional supplements, sleep optimization, and stress management within the context of a functional medicine practice for five patients with varying [...]
Open Access Review

Does a Single Bout of Aerobic Exercise Improve Set Shifting in Healthy Young Adults? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Received: 24 April 2019;  Published: 28 August 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903052


This systematic review investigated whether acute aerobic exercise improves following set-shifting performance in healthy young individuals using meta-analytic techniques. Moreover, it was examined if the after-effect of acute aerobic exercise on set-shifting performance in healthy young adults is moderated by the methodological quality of [...]
Open Access Review

A Review of Factors Affecting the Acute Exercise-Cognition Relationship in Children and Adolescents

Received: 29 April 2019;  Published: 02 August 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903049


It is well documented that an acute bout of exercise has a positive effect on subsequent cognitive function in young people. However, the moderating variables (such as the exercise intensity, duration and modality; and the domain of cognitive function assessed) and mediating variables (such as the participant’s age, baseline physical activit [...]
Open Access Original Research

Effect of Acute Moderate-Intensity Exercise on Autobiographical Episodic Memory and Semantic Memory

Received: 27 April 2019;  Published: 04 July 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903042


The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of acute moderate-intensity exercise on autobiographical episodic memory and semantic memory. A two-arm, parallel-group randomized controlled intervention was employed. The experimental group engaged in an acute bout of treadmill exercise for 15 minutes (70% of heart rate max), while [...]
Open Access Short Review

The Effects of Aquatic Exercise on Cognitive Function: Systematic Review

Received: 07 February 2019;  Published: 21 March 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1901018


The objective of this brief systematic review was to examine the effects of aquatic exercise on cognitive function. Studies were identified using electronic databases, including PubMed, PsychInfo, Sports Discus and Google Scholar. In total, 13 articles met the inclusionary criteria. Among the 13 studies, all 13 demonstrated beneficial cognitiv [...]
Open Access Research Article

Psychophysiological Coherence in Community Dynamics – A Comparative Analysis between Meditation and Other Activities

Received: 26 November 2018;  Published: 04 March 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1901015


(1) Background: Psychophysiological coherence has been widely studied as a bodily state associated with general well-being and cognitive clarity. Heart Rate Variability (HRV) has been shown to be a good biomarker to assess psychophysiological coherence. This paper presents the first general set of results concerning a study that is part of [...]
Open Access Review

A Brief Primer on Learning and Memory-Based Strategies to Enhance Memory Function

Received: 17 December 2018;  Published: 21 February 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1901011


Background: Learning and memory, unquestionably, is critical for many aspects of life, including acquisition and retention of educational material. The purpose of this brief narrative review is to provide a primer on empirical-based, learning and memory techniques. Methods: A narrative review approach is employed. Results: This review is struc [...]
Open Access Research Article

Experimental Effects of Exercise on Forgetting

Received: 06 September 2018;  Published: 17 December 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1804034


Background: There are mixed findings regarding the effectiveness of selected directed forgetting (SDF). On psychological and physiological grounds, SDF may influence forgetting and subsequent memory enhancement via multiple mechanisms, including, for example, executive control and the Rac1-Cofilin pathway. These mechanistic pathways may also [...]