Scientists have recently developed a new way of measuring an individual’s mental performance, which can give an indication of their ability to think logically and efficiently.
The team from the University of Michigan and the University at Buffalo have used a simple computer model to estimate mental skills such as memory and processing speed, which in turn is correlated with the amount of physical activity one is doing in a day.
The researchers have found that, on average, the more mental effort someone puts into a task, the faster they are likely to perform.
For example, people who are physically active and able to focus on their task for a long time are more likely to be able to solve complex problems, the researchers found.
And they have also found that cognitive and mental skills can be linked to the number of hours of sleep you get, and that the longer you sleep, the better you are at processing information and applying it to your tasks.
The results are the latest to be published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology, and were presented at the American Physical Society (APS) annual meeting on Tuesday.
In the study, the team studied a group of 20 healthy people over a 12-week period.
Each participant took part in a battery of cognitive tests that measured the ability to concentrate, to think clearly, to make decisions, and to work with others.
They also underwent a battery on physical activity, which measured their physical activity level and the amount they performed in a 24-hour period.
The participants completed four tests: an episodic memory test, a spatial memory test and a visuospatial memory test.
Participants were tested in two different ways.
The first was a cognitive test designed to assess how much they knew about different aspects of the cognitive process, and the second was a physical activity test.
For the episodic test, the participants were shown pictures of different objects, and they had to remember which object they had seen before.
For the spatial memory, they had a choice of two objects in the same room.
For their visuospecial memory test they were asked to choose which object had been on the table before they had viewed it.
To assess cognitive skills, the volunteers were also given a test that asked them to remember how they performed on a task.
They had to choose between completing a series of 20 consecutive trials, and completing a task that had three or fewer trials.
In both cases, they completed the task with the same amount of time.
The team found that participants who were able to perform better on the episodical memory test were more likely than their less skilled counterparts to score high on their physical exercise test.
However, they also found differences in cognitive and physical abilities between the groups.
In the episodiodic memory task, participants who scored higher on their episodic memories scored significantly higher on the physical exercise task than those who scored lower.
The physical exercise score was also correlated with how well the participants did on their spatial memory task.
The group who performed better on their mental ability test also performed better in their physical training test.
The findings have important implications for people who want to improve their mental abilities.
It could be used to improve cognitive and emotional skills, as well as to predict their physical performance.
For more information, please contact:Michele DeLuca, PhD, Department of Health Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 49509, 248-492-4466, [email protected]