Why Exercise and Relaxation Techniques Benefit The Socially Anxious

Posted on August 5, 2014

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New research from Queen's University suggests this is because it changes the way people perceive the world (Heenan & Troje, 2014).

In the study, participants watched a point-light display of a human figure walking.

The figure walked in such a way that it’s difficult to tell whether it's coming towards you or going away.

Socially anxious people, though, show a bias towards perceiving the figure as coming towards them, since this is more threatening.

Participants in this study were shown the walking figure sometimes after they'd performed a muscle relaxation technique, other times after some exercise and other times after standing still.

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Category(s):Anxiety, Relaxation techniques, Social Anxiety / Phobia

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