Thursday 14 December 2017

Rollercoasters 'cut stress levels'

Riding a rollercoaster could help increase self-confidence and reduce levels of anxiety, according to a study
Riding a rollercoaster could help increase self-confidence and reduce levels of anxiety, according to a study

Riding rollercoasters can reduce stress and enhance memory, according to a new study by a leading theme park.

Research by Thorpe Park in Surrey among people on its new Swarm ride suggested "astonishing" health benefits.

Neuropsychologist Dr David Lewis, who worked on the study, said: "While the immediate euphoric buzz generated by the flood of feelgood chemicals released into the rider's brain and body seem likely to fade fairly rapidly, more subtle effects may well exert their influence for far longer."

Anyone who is suffering from short-term stress could find that rides increased their self-confidence and reduced their levels of anxiety, he said.

A couple who ride together may also find that it strengthens their mutual attraction, he added.

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