Dynamic Associations of Change in Physical Activity and Change in Cognitive Function: Coordinated Analyses of Four Longitudinal Studies

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2012-07

Authors

Lindwall, Magnus
Cimino, Cynthia R.
Gibbons, Laura E.
Mitchell, Meghan B.
Benitez, Annie
Brown, Cassandra L.
Kennison, Robert F.
Shirk, Steven D.
Atri, Alireza
Robitaille, Annie

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Journal of Aging Research

Abstract

The present study used a coordinated analyses approach to examine the association of physical activity and cognitive change in four longitudinal studies. A series of multilevel growth models with physical activity included both as a fixed (between-person) and time-varying (within-person) predictor of four domains of cognitive function (reasoning, memory, fluency, and semantic knowledge) was used. Baseline physical activity predicted fluency, reasoning and memory in two studies. However, there was a consistent pattern of positive relationships between time-specific changes in physical activity and time-specific changes in cognition, controlling for expected linear trajectories over time, across all four studies. This pattern was most evident for the domains of reasoning and fluency.

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Lindwall, M., Cimino, C.R., Gibbons, L.E., Mitchell, M.B., Benitez, A., Brown, C.L., ... Piccinin, A.M. (2012). Dynamic Associations of Change in Physical Activity and Change in Cognitive Function: Coordinated Analyses of Four Longitudinal Studies. Journal of Aging Research, 2012, 12 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/493598