Scientists have proved that swearing adds strength
Swearing when lifting and loosening of nuts — not a sign of rudeness, but a physiological necessity. This is experimentally proved by scientists that led the cyclists to pedal, cursing.
People who at some point forced to exert physical effort on the edge of their capabilities, can notice the strong language not only helps to vent emotions, but also serves as a working tool.
Many who have dealt with residential moving, loosening stuck bolts when you fix the car or removing the lid too tightly wound on the jar with cucumbers, spring up with the tongue filthy curses and blasphemy, and it is not the effects of bad education, recently British scientists have found.
Why people matter in the time of heavy physical activity, remains a mystery. Psychologists suggest that it helps a person to make emotional discharge, however, Richard Stephens of Keele University in England believes that Mata is a definite physiological purpose.
In the past Stevens and his colleagues were able to show that swearing helps people to cope with the pain. “A few years ago we did a study to find out why people swear, injuring himself. We have proved that it helps them to overcome pain so they can last longer to cope,” — said the author of the researcher.
People have heart palpitations that made us believe that the mechanism of pain relief is similar to the emergence of acute stress or reaction “fight or flight”.
“A possible explanation is that swearing stimulates the sympathetic nervous system. Which causes your heart to race are in danger,” — said the scientist.
To test their hypothesis that curses provoke a similar mobilization of the body, the researchers conducted two experiments on volunteers, which tried to establish a link between swearing and an ability to exert extreme efforts.
During physical activity, the volunteers were asked to repeat the same swear word (to choose which they would according to their understanding and taste). The control group was not silent parties instead of swearing was asked to repeat a neutral word, for example, describes the table — brown or wood.
In the first experiment, 29 participants had to cycle the short but very difficult section.
The analysis showed that swearing cyclists are on average better able to cope with the task and showed better results.
“The measurement of effort in the first five seconds of swearing group had an advantage over amaterasus 4%. Then, in the next 30 seconds was noted a two percent increase,” — said Stevens.
In the second experiment, 52 volunteers took the test to measure the muscular effort of hands. “It has also measured the performance, but it was not extreme. When you compress a muscle of swearing people to produce 8% more force than others,” said Stevens. This corresponded to a gain of 2.1 kg of effort.
What is the nature of this phenomenon? Contrary to the view expressed assumptions, Stevens says that there is no objective evidence that the person at this point included the reaction of “fight or flight” — this was noted of the lack of palpitations — and then there must be another explanation.
“The reason we conducted this study, it was our expectation to see the reaction of “fight or flight”. But experimental data do not support this point of view, and we don’t know how the swearing. The effect may have common roots with the perception of pain. In the medical literature describes how different strategies can dull the perception of pain — for example, someone simply something to distract”.
Scholars have suggested that the observed effect can be associated with what psychologists call generalized inhibition.
In other words, when you swear, you’re just thinking about nothing, — said Stevens.
The work of scientists is not published in a scientific journal and is at the stage of peer review. On its results the authors told the conference of the British psychological society, taking place these days.