Sports training enhances visuo-spatial cognition regardless of open-closed typology

Ting Yu Chueh, Chung Ju Huang, Shu Shih Hsieh, Kuan Fu Chen, Yu Kai Chang, Tsung Min Hung*

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The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of open and closed sport participation on visuo-spatial attention and memory performance among young adults. Forty-eight young adults-16 open-skill athletes, 16 closed-skill athletes, and 16 non-athletes controls-were recruited for the study. Both behavioral performance and event- related potential (ERP) measurement were assessed when participants performed non- delayed and delayed match-to-sample task that tested visuo-spatial attention and memory processing. Results demonstrated that regardless of training typology, the athlete groups exhibited shorter reaction times in both the visuo-spatial attention and memory conditions than the control group with no existence of speed-accuracy trade-off. Similarly, a larger P3 amplitudes were observed in both athlete groups than in the control group for the visuo-spatial memory condition. These findings suggest that sports training, regardless of typology, are associated with superior visuo-spatial attention and memory performance, and more efficient neural resource allocation in memory processing.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere3336
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Cognitive function
  • Event-related potential
  • Expertise
  • Sports

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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