Emma Cohen – Social Bonding and Buffering in Group Exercise — Cancelled!


Due to unforeseen circumstances this seminar has been cancelled. We are very sorry for any inconvenience.

Speaker: Prof. Andrea Cohen ( “The Social Body Lab”;  the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford)

Title: Social Bonding and Buffering in Group Exercise

Where: Anatomy G04 Gavin de Beer LT, UCL (Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT)

When: 30th May 2017, 17:45


In this talk, I’ll discuss our research investigating reciprocal links between exercise and social bonding. Exercise, broadly construed, is a cultural universal – from ceremonial rituals to team sports, people everywhere get together to move together. The research investigates whether and how such activities serve a social bonding function, as has long been claimed in the social scientific literature. Specifically, we explore the social bonding effects of behavioural coordination and exercise-induced reward. We have also investigated the effects of social bonding and team cohesion on exercise ability and performance, particularly on pain and fatigue thresholds. The research attempts to reveal psychological and biological mechanisms underlying the links between coordinated movement, pleasure and pain, bonding and cooperation and thereby to contribute new data on a pervasive element of everyday life that impacts physical, cognitive, emotional and social wellbeing.