Our paper on exercise, stress, rumination, and cortisol published

A paper first-authored by DiSH Lab collaborator Eli Puterman was just published in Psychosomatic Medicine – the prestigious journal with the terrible name. We already know that many people, when they’re stressed, tend to ruminate on their negative feelings. This rumination can even affect the body by making it secrete cortisol, a stress hormone.  In this study, we wanted to see whether people who exercise more might be able to break free of this pattern. We brought people into the lab, stressed them out, and found that exercisers appeared to be protected against the effects of rumination on cortisol activity in response to the stress. You can download a copy of this paper at the Publications page.