Publication Date


Document Type


First Advisor

Mayer, Jamie F.

Degree Name

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

Legacy Department

School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders


This project was a pilot study exploring the effects of an aerobic program, FIT-U, and factors influencing cognitive outcomes for healthy aging individuals and those with neurogenic cognitive-communicative disorders. While aerobic exercise has been shown to improve cognition in both cases, this study looked into the factors that influence this phenomenon. Three regular attendees of FIT-U were given a letter fluency test before and after FIT-U, using different letters each time, but balanced in terms of difficulty. By using single subject methodology, the data were consistent with a trend towards improved VF scores following each FIT-U session for two participants. However, the individual with a lower baseline cognitive function did not appear to be getting the same cognitive benefits as healthy aging individuals. This emphasizes the importance of measuring baseline cognitive functioning and perhaps altering program parameters so everyone can get an equal cognitive benefit.


13 pages




Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU capstones are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

Alt Title

What Can FIT-U do For You? A Study on Exercise and Cognition

Media Type