Can Exercise Influence Social Cognition?

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oes improved fitness improve our social cognition? How does aerobic activity influence our emotional balance and contribute to the plasticity of our social brain networks? 

This week’s Primer Pick is a beauty. According to Kamijo, Ludyga and Ishihara, specific nervous system functions and the regulating roles of oxytocin have evolved because of the necessity to negotiate increasingly complex social systems. Their theory is that physical activity and exercise have the potential to benefit social cognitive abilities, such as emotion recognition and regulation, but only if it’s undertaken over a long period of time.

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