Take the 2-minute tour ×
Cognitive Sciences Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for practitioners, researchers, and students in cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, and psychiatry. It's 100% free, no registration required.

It seems that researchers agree that exercise increases cognitive abilities. This seems to work universally for all ages: children, adults and old people.

It is suggested that everyone should exercise for half an hour at least 3 times a week. I'm wondering if there are any studies which try to find dependencies between the amount of training and the effect of it on cognitive abilities?

share|improve this question
so to clarify, you're not asking about what is optimal for physical health and fitness, you are asking about optimal for cognitive functioning? –  Jeromy Anglim Nov 20 '13 at 6:14
@Jeromy Anglim That's correct. –  Max Nov 20 '13 at 7:01
Personally if I exercise too long or too strong it makes me tired and only after a nap I feel refreshed. I therefore started to do circuit training and only engage in one set every 2 hours. Obviously you can't use the gym for this exercise regime but you might consider body weight exercises. You should also try to alter muscle groups every day as overtraining might lead to fatigue. And when you do more than 3-4 sets you should eat right.I will write a referenced answer as soon as I have more time. –  Mike Schärer May 22 at 18:10

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.