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dc.contributor.advisorOberle, Crystal
dc.contributor.authorAli, Madiha ( Orcid Icon 0000-0002-2260-5612 )
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-10T15:24:36Z
dc.date.available2021-05-10T15:24:36Z
dc.date.issued2021-05
dc.identifier.citationAli, M. (2021). The relationship between restorative yoga and executive function (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/13512
dc.description.abstractThis study investigated potential differences in executive function among those who practice restorative yoga (n = 86), those who practice traditional yoga (n = 51), and those with no yoga experience (n = 163). The majority of participants were female (90%) and college educated (26% with college credit but no degree, 7% with Associate’s degree, 19% with Bachelor’s degree, 15% with graduate degree), and their ages ranged from 18 to 72 (M = 27.54, SD = 12.47). In this online study, after completing a brief survey, participants completed six computerized tests of executive function, two assessing cognitive flexibility (Wisconsin Card Sorting Task and Trail Making Task), two assessing inhibitory control (Stroop Task and Go/No-Go Task), and two assessing working memory updating (N-Back Task with Letters and N-Back Task with Shapes). Data were analyzed with a MANCOVA, controlling for demographic variables that differed between groups. Although the MANCOVA’s omnibus test was not significant, the tests of between-subjects effects revealed that the groups significantly differed on the percent of perseverative responses on the Wisconsin Card Sorting Task, with the restorative yoga group performing better than the traditional yoga and control groups (p = .03). These findings suggest that restorative yoga may have a slightly beneficial effect on cognitive flexibility. Regarding the lack of significant group differences on the other variables, it is important to note that data were collected in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, when many of the yoga practitioners may not have been regularly practicing yoga, and perhaps this regular practice is necessary to obtain benefits in executive function.
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dc.format.extent41 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectExecutive function
dc.subjectYoga
dc.subject.lcshYoga
dc.subject.lcshCognitive psychology
dc.titleThe Relationship Between Restorative Yoga and Executive Function
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKeleman, William
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDeason, Rebecca
thesis.degree.departmentPsychology
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychological Research
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
dc.description.departmentPsychology


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