23 Nov '16, 1pm

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So how much exercise do you need to maximize this effect? A study I blogged about a couple of years ago suggested that there was a sweet spot, with 30 minutes of moderate cycling (including warm-up and cool-down) providing a bigger boost than 55 minutes. Now a new study by researchers at Ritsumeikan University in Japan (which, as an aside, has one of the dominant teams on Japan’s fiercely contested Ekiden running circuit) takes a more detailed look at this question, exploring how both duration and intensity affect the cognitive boost, and how long the boost lasts. The cognitive test used in the study was the Stroop Task, which involves a screen flashing color words like RED, YELLOW, and GREEN with the letters in different colors that either match or don’t match the word they spell. You have to press a button corresponding to the spelled word, rather than the color of the l...

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