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Modern Psychological Studies

Periodical Title

Modern Psychological Studies

Volume

21

Number

1

Page Numbers

pages 88-93

Department

Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

2015

Abstract

With depression rising worldwide, finding effective, affordable relief is a pressing global public health need. Social activity and physical activity both function as natural depression remedies, but depression can interfere with these activities. This study explores whether an increase in social activity can simultaneously increase voluntary exercise. If so, a single remedy could potentially yield two benefits. Rats were singly or paired housed to model social activity, and voluntary wheel running was measured. Depression proneness was modeled with Occidental Low-Saccharin- Consuming (LoS) rats; relative to high-saccharin-consuming (HiS) rats, LoS rats are more anxious and vulnerable to stress, both of which are risk factors for depression. Whether LoS rats would benefit more from social housing than HiS rats was of interest. Pair-housing increased wheel running, equally so among LoS and HiS rats. These results suggest that social activity may increase motivation to exercise, regardless of depression proneness.

Subject

Psychology--Periodicals

Keyword

paired housing; social activity; wheel running; physical activity; depression; rats

Discipline

Psychology

Document Type

articles

Extent

6 leaves

Language

English

Call Number

BF1 .M63 v. 21 no. 1 2015

Rights

Under copyright.

Included in

Psychology Commons

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