Influence of aerobic exercise activity and relaxation training on coping with test taking anxiety

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Taylor & Francis


This study compared the effects of three types of activity on coping with test-taking anxiety. A total of 52 undergraduate students were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: aerobic exercise, relaxation training, or control (i.e., magazine reading). State anxiety was measured three times during the experiment using an abbreviated version of the Multiple Affect Adjective Checklist. Analysis using a 2x3 (sex by group) analysis of variance found that aerobic exercise and relaxation training were associated with reduction of general and test-taking anxiety. Men reported lower test-taking anxiety and responded better to aerobic exercise, whereas women responded better to magazine reading. Implications and suggestions for research were discussed.


Also published in Higher Education Abstracts, 30, 362 (1995).