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CORRELATION BETWEEN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MEMORY FUNCTIONING AMONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS. Aye AM , Chang WS, Amran N, Ng YY, Lim EY, Doustjalali SR, Al-Jashamy KA, Pathak R

CORRELATION BETWEEN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MEMORY FUNCTIONING AMONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS.

Aye AM , Chang WS, Amran N, Ng YY, Lim EY, Doustjalali SR, Al-Jashamy KA, Pathak R


International Journal of Pharmacology & Toxicology Science 2013; 3(2): 1-8

Abstract

Objective: Physical activity and memory function are the subjects of interest among the public, and in recent years, many studies have focused on examining the relationship between physical activity and cognitive functioning. This study aimed to find out the relationship between physical activity and memory functioning among SEGi University undergraduates.
Methods: Two hundred and thirty eight data samples were collected from undergraduates through survey questionnaires using convenient sampling method. The statistical analysis was performed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Correlation coefficient was calculated by using Spearman's correlation coefficient for the non-parametric statistics as the variables are not normally distributed. The alpha level was set at p < 0.05 for all analysis.
Results: Using International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ), the mean exercise minutes per week was 491.29 minutes. By using Memory Functioning Questionnaire (MFQ), the calculated mean scoring for memory functioning was 286.76. Results showed that significant positive correlation exists between physical activity and memory functioning (p<0.001). Male respondents showed a higher association between physical activity and memory functioning compared to the female. A significant difference was found between male and female in both physical activity and memory functioning (p< 0.05).
Conclusion: This study has shown the positive association between physical activity and memory functioning. More importantly, it was suggested that the association of physical activity and memory functioning was stronger among male than female students.

Keyword: Memory function, physical activity, university students
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