Thesis Title

The Effect of Increased Heart Rate on Memory and Performance of a Motor Sequence

Date of Graduation

Spring 2004

Degree

Master of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness Management

Department

Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Gerald Masterson

Keywords

heart rate, memory, motor sequence, performance, adaptation

Subject Categories

Health and Medical Administration

Abstract

This study was conducted to assess how an elevated heart rate affected an adolescent female's ability to adapt a learned motor sequence. Participants (N=32) mastered a basketball dribbling sequence and then the test group raised their heart rate. All participants were then asked to make modifications to the original sequence through verbal cues and to perform the new sequence. Results indicate that as heart rate is raised the ability to make a change to the learned memory sequence decreases.

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© Keri L. Nichols

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