What Impact does Motivational Dispositions have on Mood Symptoms & Emotional Regulation?

Research Paper Title Psychopathological Correlates and Emotion Regulation as Mediators of Approach and Avoidance Motivation in a Chinese Military Sample. Background Approach and avoidance motivation have been thoroughly studied in common mental disorders, which are prevalent in the military context. Approach/avoidance motivational dispositions underlie emotion responses and are thought to influence emotion dysregulation. However, studies… Read More

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Why Fitness is Essential to Students

As a student, finding time for fitness activities is challenging. However, there are different ways you can incorporate exercise into your schedule and still manage to focus on your education. Students involved in sporting activities in school are usually in luck because they have to train and play, which contributes to fitness. Fitness has several… Read More

What is the Impact of Social Category Diversity on Motivation Gains in Exercise Groups?

Research Paper Title The Impact of Social Category Diversity on Motivation Gains in Exercise Groups. Background Exercising with a virtual partner can increase motivation by 208%, but may be moderated by partner characteristics. We tested the impact of social category diversity (ingroup/outgroup membership) on motivation with a virtual exercise partner. Methods Participants (N = 96)… Read More

Exergames for Obesity Prevention: Can We Use Discrepancy in Players’ Abilities as a Strategy to Motivate Physical Activity?

Research Paper Title Two-player partnered exergame for obesity prevention: using discrepancy in players’ abilities as a strategy to motivate physical activity. Background Physical inactivity is associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes. A key obstacle to physical activity is lack of motivation. Although some interactive exercise games (i.e. exergames – video games that require physical… Read More

5 Tips for Getting More Out of Your Workout

When it comes to improving your health, after changing your diet, the next step is to get yourself a gym membership and to start getting into a good workout routine. A lot of people can feel a bit overwhelmed when they first start hitting the gym. Losing the love handles and gaining some muscle is… Read More

Can Working Out with a Virtually Present, Superior Partner Improve Persistence Motivation on Exercise Game Tasks?

Research Paper Title Buddy up: the Köhler effect applied to health games. Background The present investigation examined the Köhler motivation gain effect in a health game using an absent partner, presented virtually. The Köhler effect occurs when an inferior team member performs a difficult task better in a team or coaction situation than one would… Read More

Exergames: Cyber Buddy vs Real Buddy

Research Paper Title Cyber Buddy Is Better than No Buddy: A Test of the Köhler Motivation Effect in Exergames. Background Although exergames are popular, few people take advantage of the potential of group dynamics to motivate play (and achieve associated health benefits). One motivation gain phenomenon has shown promise for motivating greater effort in partnered… Read More