Faculty Advisor

Claypool, Mark L.

Faculty Advisor

Lammert, Adam


Previous studies have connected exercise to increased cognitive performance. The goal of our project is to explore relationships between exercise and cognition. We would like to correlate physical exertion and movement with attention and memory. We performed our experiment by giving cognitive tests to two groups: students participating in gym classes and students resting while watching a show of their choice. Based on our experiment, with 32 participants in the control group and 30 in the exercise group, we found that both groups showed a significant improvement on the attention test while only the exercise group showed a significant improvement on the memory test. There was not a statistically significant correlation between heart rate or movement with increased cognitive performance.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted


Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Computer Science

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering