The impact of automatically activated motivation on exercise related outcomes

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Banting, Lauren K, Dimmock, James A and Grove, Robert (2011) The impact of automatically activated motivation on exercise related outcomes. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 33 (4). pp. 569-585. ISSN 0895-2779 (print) 1543-2904 (online)

Abstract

This study examined the effect of motivational primes on participants (N = 171) during a cycling task. Relative to participants primed with a controlled motivational orientation, it was hypothesized that participants primed for autonomous motivation would report greater feelings of enjoyment, effort, and choice in relation to the cycling activity and report greater exercise intentions. Members of the autonomous prime group were expected to exercise for longer, at a greater percentage of their heart rate maximum, and report lower levels of perceived exertion than those in the controlled prime condition. It was found that, relative to participants in the controlled prime group, those who received the autonomous prime enjoyed the exercise more, exercised at a greater percentage of heart rate maximum, and reported a lower rating of perceived exertion. Furthermore, participants experiencing the controlled prime exercised for less time and had lower intentions to exercise than did other participants. Results highlight the importance of automatic processes in activating motivation for exercise.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9078
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > SEO Classification > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Keywords ResPubID23458, implicit processes, motivation, supraliminal priming, physical activity, automaticity
Citations in Scopus 29 - View on Scopus
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