Johnstone, Ashleigh

Ashleigh Johnstone
Start date:
October 2015
Research Topic:
Cognitive Changes Linked to Martial Arts Practice in Adults
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Dr Paloma Marí-Beffa
Supervising school:
School of Psychology,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

Previous research has investigated the beneficial effects of activities such as yoga and mindfulness on cognitive functioning. Similar research using Martial Arts has been done, and positive effects have been found in children. However, these improvements in cognitive functions have not been found in adults, possibly due to the nature of the tests used in these studies.

The aim of the first phase of this research is to investigate whether a single bout of Martial Arts has an impact on cognitive functions in a population of karate black belts. Later research will aim to discover which part of the karate protocol may be driving these effects.