Gap Fill - Swearing - Level 6


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Researchers have discovered that and using bad or profane can increase one's physical strength. The are from Keele University in England. They conducted tests on 81 people to see the swearing had on their physical performance. In one test, participants did a short, workout on an exercise bike. Some people were asked to swear as as they could before they started their workout, while others were told to be . In another test, participants were told to grip the bike's handlebars as as they could. The researchers found that the groups who swore a , cycled or gripped three to four per cent more powerfully than the tight-lipped .

Past also shows that swearing helps to increase our to pain. A 2009 study discovered that swearing led to an increased heart rate and higher of adrenaline - these help to numb pain. This perhaps explains why so many of us swear when we hurt . Another study found that swearing was a of honesty because people who swear are believed to be better at self-expression. Dr. Richard Stephens, lead researcher of the Keele study, said he was at a to explain why swearing affects the body. He said: "Quite why it is that swearing has these effects on strength and tolerance remains to be discovered. We have to understand the power of swearing ."

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