Spatial and verbal memory test scores following yoga and fine arts camps for school children

Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2004 Jul;48(3):353-6.


The performance scores of children (aged 11 to 16 years) in verbal and spatial memory tests were compared for two groups (n = 30, each), one attending a yoga camp and the other a fine arts camp. Both groups were assessed on the memory tasks initially and after ten days of their respective interventions. A control group (n = 30) was similarly studied to assess the test-retest effect. At the final assessment the yoga group showed a significant increase of 43% in spatial memory scores (Multivariate analysis, Tukey test), while the fine arts and control groups showed no change. The results suggest that yoga practice, including physical postures, yoga breathing, meditation and guided relaxation improved delayed recall of spatial information.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Art*
  • Camping / psychology
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Memory / physiology*
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Photic Stimulation / methods
  • Space Perception / physiology
  • Students* / psychology
  • Verbal Behavior / physiology
  • Yoga* / psychology