Dr Masato Kawabata, Assistant Professor at the Physical Education and Sports Science AG, presented at the 50th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), Queensland, Australia on 2 October 2015. He disseminated findings from the OER project (OER 1/13 SFB) entitled "Effect of Breakfast and Exercise on Academic and Cognitive Performance in Junior College Students", of which Dr Stephen Burns is the Principal Investigator and Dr Kawabata, the Co-Principal Investigator. The APS is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia, currently representing over 21,000 members.
The study aimed to examine the combined effects of breakfast intake and exercise on cognitive performance in post-secondary school children. 77 adolescents, aged 14-19 years, from local schools and junior colleges participated in the study. Initial findings suggest that eating breakfast and being physically active in the morning are potentially beneficial to academic outcomes in school students and that missing breakfast and being physically inactive before school may partly hinder academic performance.
For more details on the study, you may view the digital poster presentation on the APS’ official YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNGN2AtxLec.