Effects of Differing Exercise Intensities on the Response Time of Gymnasts and Nongymnasts in a Mental Body Rotation Task

Salma Khalfallah, Bessem Mkaouer, Samiha Amara, Hamdi Habacha*, Nizar Souissi

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The purpose of the present study was to examine the effect of different levels of exercise intensity on mental rotation performance in gymnasts versus nongymnasts. A group of elite gymnasts and a group of nongymnasts performed a mental body rotation task at rest and then performed the same task preceded by short bouts of intense exercise at 60%, 80%, 100%, and 120% of their maximum aerobic speed. The analyses of response times showed that gymnasts performed the mental rotation task faster after bouts of intense exercise than in rest condition, but nongymnasts performed equally in rest and after exercise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-76
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Cognitive processing
  • Exercise intensity
  • Gymnastic expertise
  • Mental rotation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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