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Falls Lecture to Examine Effect of Exercise on Emotional Health

Release Date: 12-01-2010

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Phone: (802) 656-2005 FAX: (802) 656-3203

The College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture Series continues with a talk by William Falls, professor and chair of psychology, on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. in Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building. Falls' lecture, "Running from Anxiety: How Exercise Changes the Emotional Brain," is free and open to the public.

Falls' research interests are in the areas of learning and emotion, with particular focus on understanding the brain mechanisms responsible for the inhibition of fear and anxiety. In this lecture, he will address the growing evidence that exercise improves not just physical health, but emotional health as well. Falls will review the literature and studies that show voluntary exercise reducing the symptoms of anxiety in humans and other animals. He will also share recent experiments he and his colleagues have conducted that examine how exercise changes emotional circuits of the brain.

The College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture Series was designed to recognize faculty newly promoted to the rank of full professor.

Information: 656-0756.