Runners who are better at controlling their emotions tend to have better performance

Runners with higher emotional intelligence finish half marathons quicker, suggests new research published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. The study found that emotional intelligence was linked to better times in a half-marathon race. “My co-authors and I are all interested in how emotions influence human behavior, although we look at this question from different points of view,” said Enrico Rubaltelli, an assistant professor of cognitive psychology at the ‎University of Padova and corresponding author of the study. The researchers had 237 runners fill out a survey the day before they participated in a half-marathon race. The survey included the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire, and also asked a number of questions about their physical training. Rubaltelli and his colleagues found a positive association between emotional intelligence and run times.

posted Wednesday March 28th