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ISSN: 2165-7025

Journal of Novel Physiotherapies
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Research Article

Health Indices and Cognitive Performance in Emerging Adults

Darla M Castelli*, R. Matthew Brothers, Jungyun Hwang, Hildi M Nicksic, Elizabeth M. Glowacki, Michelle L. Harrison and Daniel Van Dongen
The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Corresponding Author : Darla M Castelli
The University of Texas at Austin 1 University Station
Mail code D3700, Austin, TX 78712, USA
Tel: 512-232-7636
E-mail: [email protected]
Received July 02, 2013; Accepted December 12, 2013; Published December 19, 2013
Citation: Castelli DM, Brothers R.M, Hwang J, Nicksic HM, Glowacki E.M, et al. (2013) Health Indices and Cognitive Performance in Emerging Adults. J Nov Physiother 4:189. doi: 10.4172/2165-7025.1000189
Copyright: © 2013 Castelli DM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of health indices with cognition in emerging adults.

Methods: Methods included collecting measures of C-Reactive Protein (CRP), arterial stiffness, cardiorespiratory fitness, blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), and cognitive performance from fourteen participants. Cognitive performance was assessed through the administration of Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, Stroop Color-Word Test, and Trail Making Test A & B. CRP was commercially measured using the hsCRP Enzyme Immunoassay kit. Cardiorespiratory fitness was determined by the VO2 maximal testing using incremental stages on a cycle ergometer, while arterial stiffness and pulse wave velocity were measured using two identical transcutaneous Doppler flowmeters.

Results: ANOVA calculations revealed gender differences in cardiorespiratory fitness and BMI. Pearson correlations Surprisingly, in this sample, CRP was not significantly related to BMI. Multiple regression analyses, using Stroop tests as the dependent variable while controlling for IQ and BMI, evidenced that CRP negatively and cardiorespiratory fitness positively contributed to cognitive performance for multiple conditions of the Stroop conditions. No single factor significantly predicted cognitive performance on the Trail Making test.

Conclusions: Despite being at the developmental peak, CRP and cardiorespiratory fitness were associated with cognitive performance in emerging adults. On the Stroop task, CRP level significantly predicted cognitive performance reaction time tasks. These findings are valuable because identifying how health risks are related to cognition at this stage of lifespan may help us to better understanding how to maintain cognitive health and minimize premature cognitive decline as we age.