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Week: 558.3 Guest: Sandy Wolfson, Ph.D. Psych., Researcher, Univ. Of Northumbria, UK Topic: The link between exercise and emotions Producer/Host: Steve Girard

NEMA: Exercise and your emotions...coming up...

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NEMA: A University of Northumbria study shows physical exertion can result in a sensitive emotional state, creating inappropriate elation, bad moods, and even increased aggressiveness. People who had just exercised and some who didn't were tested...and those who exercised and were told they performed well on the test were ecstatic...

WOLFSON: But when they were told that they'd lost, and they had also exercised, then they became very negative in their mood... they felt very depressed, unhappy, and some of them actually felt aggressive toward other people.

NEMA: And you say there's a cooling off period, where the feelings intensify...apply that to a hockey player who sits in the penalty box for a few minutes...

WOLFSON: The opposite happens as to what was intended, in that instead of having cooled down, they're actually primed to aggress even more.

NEMA: And on the dance floor?

WOLFSON: If you've been dancing for a while, and then you stop for a few minutes, and you meet someone who's very attractive, well...your heart's still beating from the exercise, but by then you've forgotten about the exercise and you mistakenly decide that you're reacting to that person's attractiveness.

NEMA: The old adage, 'count to ten' when you're excitable could help you realize that exercise is really 'pumping you up'! I'm Steve Girard for The Heart of the Matter!


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