Our lab has commenced studies on the role of aerobic exercise in mental health. Recent laboratory studies concern how previous bouts of exercise can promote emotional regulation, thereby enabling people to rebound quickly from exposure to laboratory stressors. Current experiments address the mechanisms mediating these effects.
Bernstein, E. E., & McNally, R. J. (2017). Acute aerobic exercise helps overcome emotion regulation deficits. Cognition and Emotion, 31, 834-843.
Bernstein, E. E., & McNally, R. J. (2017). Acute aerobic exercise hastens emotional recovery from a subsequent stressor. Health Psychology, 36, 560-567
Bernstein, E. E., & McNally, R. J. (2018). Exercise as a buffer against difficulties with emotion regulation: A pathway to emotional well being. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 109, 29-36.
Bernstein, E. E., Curtiss, J., Wu, G. W. Y., Barreira, P., & McNally, R. J. (in press). Exercise and emotion dynamics: An experience sampling study. Emotion.