29 Oct '14, 1pm

Suppressing Emotion Makes You Slower

In the name of science, University of Portsmouth psychology researcher Chris Wagstaff showed volunteers "a 3-min video excerpt that shows an Asian woman causing herself to throw up and who subsequently eats her own vomit." Some of the volunteers were asked to suppress any emotions they felt while watching the video (i.e. keep a poker face); others weren't given any instructions. Then they rode a 10-km time cycling time trial. Here's what the power output during the time trial looked like, as published in the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology (press release here ): "Control" is the average performance when subjects weren't shown the video at all; "suppression" is when they watched the video and suppressed emotion; "non-suppression" is when they watched the video without being asked to hide their emotions. Here's the data on perception of effort: Apparently the mental e...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/sports-psychology/suppressing...

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