Effects of physical activity on sustained attention: a systematic review





physical activity, exercise, sustained attention, vigilance


AIM: Physical activity is known for its benefits to improve cognitive functions such as sustained attention. The study aimed to conduct a systematic review on the effects of physical activity on sustained attention. METHODS: Literature search was conducted using databases from Scopus, PubMed, ResearchGate, ScienceDirect and Google Scholar. The date of these published articles ranged from January 2010 to August 2018. RESULTS: A total of thirteen studies using the longitudinal design was selected to be part of this review. Most studies showed positive relationships between physical activity and sustained attention. CONCLUSIONS: Future studies may consider a longitudinal study design to study the effect of physical activity on sustained attention in prolonged time; as well as the corresponding affect with gender, age, motivation and to investigate the relationship between physical activities together with other possible factors that can indirectly affect sustained attention.

***Efeitos da atividade física na atenção sustentada: uma revisão sistemática***

OBJETIVO: A atividade física é conhecida por seus benefícios para melhorar as funções cognitivas, como a atenção sustentada. O estudo objetivou realizar uma revisão sistemática sobre os efeitos da atividade física na atenção sustentada. MÉTODOS: A pesquisa bibliográfica foi realizada utilizando os bancos de dados da Scopus, PubMed, ResearchGate, ScienceDirect e Google Scholar, com artigos publicados entre janeiro de 2010 e agosto de 2018. RESULTADOS: Treze estudos com delineamento longitudinal foram selecionados para fazer parte desta revisão. A maioria dos estudos mostrou relações positivas entre atividade física e a atenção sustentada. CONCLUSÕES: Futuros estudos poderão considerar um delineamento longitudinal para investigar o efeito da atividade física sobre a atenção sustentada por tempo prolongado, assim como sua relação pode ser afetada por sexo, idade e motivações, e, relacionar as atividades físicas com outros possíveis fatores que podem afetar indiretamente a atenção sustentada.

DESCRITORES: atividade física; exercício; atenção sustentada; vigilância.


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Biografia do Autor

Mawar Siti Hajar, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Exercise and Sports Science, School of Health Sciences. Kubang Kerian, Kelantan

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Exercise and Sports Science, School of Health Sciences. Kubang Kerian, Kelantan

Hussein Rizal, Brunel University London, Department of Life Sciences

Brunel University London, Department of Life Sciences

Garry Kuan, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Exercise and Sports Science, School of Health Sciences. Kubang Kerian, Kelantan/Brunel University London, Department of Life Sciences

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Exercise and Sports Science, School of Health Sciences. Kubang Kerian, Kelantan/Brunel University London, Department of Life Sciences


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Hajar, M. S., Rizal, H., & Kuan, G. (2019). Effects of physical activity on sustained attention: a systematic review. Scientia Medica, 29(2), e32864. https://doi.org/10.15448/1980-6108.2019.2.32864



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