Exercise reduces the startle reflex during periods of unpredictable threat
New research has found that a 30-minute bout of exercise reduces a defensive physiological response known as the startle reflex. The study, published in the journal Depression & Anxiety, suggests that exercise can help reduce anxiety. “We were interested in this topic because we would like to develop anxiolytic treatments. Exercise seemed a promising intervention to decrease anxiety,” said study author Tiffany R. Lago (@tlagomd), a psychiatry research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health.