Arran Davis
The effects of social support and integration on fatigue, energy expenditure, and outputs during physical exercise

Talk Abstract

Human evolution and ontogeny is characterized by high levels of interdependence in which cooperative social relationships are associated with fitness-relevant outcomes, such relative safety and access to energetic resources. As a result, our homeostatic systems function within and calibrate to our social worlds, influencing how we respond to stressors and threats, and in time affecting a range of health outcomes. In this talk, I will present our research which suggests that perceptions of social support and inclusion can influence the adaptive self-regulation of energy allocation, leading to greater feelings of energy, reductions in fatigue, and, ultimately, greater physical outputs during physical exercise.