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Physical exercise is known to stimulate the release of endorphins, creating a mild sense of euphoria that has rewarding properties. Using pain tolerance (a conventional non-invasive assay for endorphin release), we show that synchronized training in a college rowing crew creates a heightened endorphin surge compared with a similar training regime carried out alone. This heightened effect from synchronized activity may explain the sense of euphoria experienced during other social activities (such as laughter, music-making and dancing) that are involved in social bonding in humans and possibly other vertebrates.

Original publication

DOI

10.1098/rsbl.2009.0670

Type

Journal article

Journal

Biol Lett

Publication Date

23/02/2010

Volume

6

Pages

106 - 108

Keywords

Adult, Analysis of Variance, Endorphins, England, Group Processes, Humans, Male, Pain Threshold, Physical Exertion, Social Behavior, Sports