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Cybercycling for Cognitive Health

This study has been completed.
Skidmore College
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Cay Anderson-Hanley, Union College, New York Identifier:
First received: July 20, 2010
Last updated: September 4, 2014
Last verified: September 2014
Exercise has been linked to cognitive health, but few older adults exercise at recommended levels. Cybercycling may provide additional cognitive benefits due to increased motivation to ride the interactive 3D tours. Participants will be randomly assigned to three months of either cybercycling or traditional stationary biking; and they will complete comprehensive evaluations before and after exercise. Older adults are expected to show significant neuropsychological, physiological and behavioral gains.

Condition Intervention
Cognitive Ability, General
Behavioral: Cybercycling
Behavioral: Traditional exercise

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Cybercycling for Older Adults: Neuropsychological, Physiological and Behavioral Effects

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Further study details as provided by Cay Anderson-Hanley, Union College, New York:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in cognitive function after three months of exercise. [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
    Cognitive function, especially executive function, will be assessed before and after three months of either cybercycling or traditional exercise biking. Neuropsychological tests will assess: cognitive flexibility and simultaneous processing(i.e., Stroop, Digits Backwards, and Trails Difference Score).

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Weight [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
    Weight and other physiological factors will be assessed before and after 3 months of exercise.

Enrollment: 63
Study Start Date: July 2008
Study Completion Date: August 2010
Primary Completion Date: August 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Cybercycling
cybercycling for 3 months
Behavioral: Cybercycling
exercising on a videogame-enhanced interactive 3D stationary bicycle for 3 months, 3-5x/wk
Other Names:
  • Netathalon
  • Expresso
Active Comparator: Traditional Stationary Biking
Traditional exercise on a stationary bike for 3 months.
Behavioral: Traditional exercise
exercising on a traditional stationary bike for 3 months, 3-5x/wk
Other Name: Tunturi

Detailed Description:
The purpose of this study is to test the following hypotheses: (1) stationary cycling with virtual reality tours ("cybercyle") will enhance executive function and clinical status more than traditional exercise; (2) exercise effort will explain improvement; and (3) brain-derived neurotrophic growth factor (BDNF) will increase.

Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 50+
  • able to participate in cycling
  • physician permission

Exclusion Criteria:

  • unstable heart condition
  • physician denial
  • neurological condition
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01167400

United States, New York
Beltrone Living Center
Colonie, New York, United States, 12222
Highpointe Apartments
Malta, New York, United States, 12065
Glen Eddy
Niskayuna, New York, United States, 12308
Prestwick Chase
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States, 12866
Wesley Health Care (Woodlawn and Embury)
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States, 12866
Westview Apartments
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States, 12866
Kingsway Village
Schenectady, New York, United States, 12308
Schaffer Heights
Schenectady, New York, United States, 12308
Sponsors and Collaborators
Union College, New York
Skidmore College
Principal Investigator: Cay Anderson-Hanley, PhD Union College
Principal Investigator: Paul Arciero, DPE Skidmore College
  More Information

Responsible Party: Cay Anderson-Hanley, Associate Professor, Union College, New York Identifier: NCT01167400     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HS1259
64449 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation )
Study First Received: July 20, 2010
Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Keywords provided by Cay Anderson-Hanley, Union College, New York:
executive function
older adults processed this record on May 25, 2017