The effect of motor development in adolescence on cognition: A cumulative literature review



Motor development, Cumulative literature review, Cognition, Adolescence


The equal motor activity of the other sense organs is a prerequisite for the development of cognitive processes. The methodology used is a cumulative literature review structured on 10 systematic phases and is replicable. Showing considerable potential for cumulative research, the theory of motor development in adolescence appears to be a promising topic for a literature review and especially for the development of developmental psychology. The articles selected, starting from Gibson’s theory of 1979, use the concept of affordance as a principle of mediation between the environment and the development of the body. The modern view of motor development emphasizes the connection between genetic factors and environmental factors and that motor behaviour is the expression of this intrinsic interaction. The results produced suggest a functional relationship between action and language and, more generally, parallel development between cognitive, social-affective, and motor development. Conclusion: This evidence allows us to structure training courses in adolescence with effects on multiple cognitive domains. In addition to muscle development, the competence and development of movement is also explained through the balance of different subsystems.


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Toto, G. A., & Limone, P. (2021). The effect of motor development in adolescence on cognition: A cumulative literature review. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 16(2proc), S663-S670. Retrieved from