PARTICIPANTS NEEDED: WE ARE RECRUITING CHILDREN WITH ADHD FOR A STUDY INVESTIGATING THE EFFECTS OF EXERCISE ON THE BRAIN.
& Cognition Laboratory
RESEARCH IN NEUROCOGNITIVE KINESIOLOGY
The Health Behaviors & Cognition Laboratory (HBCL) engages in highly interdisciplinary research, drawing heavily from the domains of kinesiology, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience. The aim of this research is to investigate how aspects of health-oriented behaviors modulate the development of cognition in the normal preadolescent population as well as within children suffering from cognitive and attentional disorders – particularly in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). To better understand this relationship, research in the HBCL utilizes behavioral, neuroelectric, and other neuroimaging techniques to programatically examine how health behaviors and attributes such as cardiovascular fitness may serve to influence developmental neurocognition and higher-order cognition through cross-sectional and longitudinal intervention studies.
This research aims to gain a greater understanding of the neurological mechanisms underlying these relationships with a focus on the translation of this relationship to the externally-valid academic environment. By incorporating both basic and translational perspectives, our research may serve to develop a more integrative understanding of the mind-body interaction and promote legislative change directed at the creation of more physical activity opportunities for our children and the promotion of increased quality of life.