Mental Workout

Mental Workout Grows Muscles (Wright and Smith, 2007)
  • Background: This study is related to mirror neurons, the same neurons can fire when you watch yourself exercise as when you actually do exercise
  • Aim: How does a mental workout compare to physical workout in terms of muscle growth
  • Method: Control group did physical exercise for 6 weeks and the Imagery group watched a video of themselves performing the workout for 6 weeks
    • The dependent variable was strength measured after 6 weeks
  • Results: Imagery group outperformed controls even though they did less physical exercise
  • Conclusion: Suggests that muscles (physiology) can interact with cognition (thinking about exercise) and become stronger without doing any physical work

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