Type of physical exercise and inhibitory function in older adults: An event-related potential study

Chung Ju Huang, Peng Chun Lin, Chiao Ling Hung, Yu Kai Chang, Tsung Min Hung*

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Objectives: The present study was to examine the relationship between exercise type and inhibitory function in older adults using neuroelectric indices. Design: A cross-sectional design was employed in the present study. Method: Sixty adults (M=69.42 years) were categorized into open-skill, closed-skill, and irregular exercise groups according to their history of exercise participation. The participants conducted a flanker task while their behavioral performance and event-related brain potentials were assessed. Results: The results indicated that regular exercisers, regardless of exercise type, exhibited a faster reaction time across conditions of the flanker task compared to irregular exercisers. For the P300 amplitude of the open-skill exerciser group, the peak amplitude was larger at the vertex site compared to the frontal site, whereas no site differences were observed in the closed-skill and irregular exerciser groups. Conclusions: These findings extend current knowledge by suggesting that, for older adults, participation in physical exercise involving increased cognitive demand is associated with better neural efficiency in resource allocation for tasks that require interference control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-211
Number of pages7
JournalPsychology of Sport and Exercise
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Mar


  • Aging
  • Executive function
  • Interference control
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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