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Research – Physical Activity and Psychological Well-Being in Cancer Survivors

Physical Activity and Psychological Well-Being in Cancer Survivors Research Thesis by L’shae Dib looking at ‘Physical Activity and Psychological Well-Being in Cancer Survivors’. The research is being carried out in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). This research is supported in kind by La Trobe University. The following researchers from The School of Psychology and Health, Department of Psychology and Counselling at La Trobe University, Australia will be conducting the study: 1. Professor Carlene Wilson : Chief Investigator 2. Doctor Gemma Skaczkowski : Assistant Researcher 3. Professor Pauleen Bennett : Assistant Researcher 4. Doctor Tiffani Howell : Assistant Researcher 5. L'shae Dib (honours candidate) : Student Researcher Survey Link - https://tinyurl.com/CancerPhysicalActivity What is the study about? It is a study looking at the level of physical activity that cancer survivors engage in and their overall psychological well-being. They aim to look at factors that influence physical activity, such a pet ownership or age. Survivorship care aims to enhance quality of life and emphasises “living well” after a cancer diagnosis. Physical activity is an important part of survivorship care, but we don’t know enough about how much cancer survivors are exercising or the impact this activity has on their well-being. This study explores these issues and may help us provide better care to cancer survivors in the future. Survey Link - https://tinyurl.com/CancerPhysicalActivity What will I be asked to do? If you want to take part in this study, we will ask you to complete an online questionnaire. It will take approximately 20-30 minutes of your time to be part of this study. What are the benefits of the study? [...]

20 Minute Workout Increases Cognitive Ability

A new research out of Taiwan suggests that if you do a moderate 20 minute exercise session it can improve cognitive performance. The research looked at how twenty-six healthy young men did on a cognitive ability test after each of three workouts: 10-minute cycle at moderate intensity, 20-minute cycle at moderate intensity and 45-minute cycle at moderate intensity, with each of the rides also having a 5-minute warm-up and followed by a 5-minute cool down. The participants' scores on the cognitive ability test were compared to their performance on the test when they hadn't exercised. Cognitive Ability: The Stroop Test The cognitive ability task that was conducted in this research is what's known as a Stroop test. In it, words representing colors are presented, and the test taker is required to say what color the word is printed in, regardless of what color the word represents. For example, if the word "yellow" is presented in green ink, the correct answer is "green." The Stroop effect describes the phenomenon in which it takes longer or is harder to give the right answer when the word is printed in a different color than the color it names (as in the example above) than when the word and the color it's printed in are the same (for example, if "yellow" was printed in yellow ink). When the participants did the Stroop test after their 20 minute ride, they scored significantly better than when they'd taken it without working out first. The 10 minute and 45 minute workouts, however, had negligible effect on their test performance, as measured by accuracy and speed of response. The workouts in this study were done on a bike and were performed at a [...]