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Exercise Psychology-2nd Edition


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    Exercise Psychology, Second Edition, addresses the psychological and biological consequences of exercise and physical activity and their subsequent effects on mood and mental health. Like the first edition, the text includes the latest scholarship by leading experts in the field of exercise adoption and adherence. This edition also incorporates research on lifestyle physical activity to reflect this growing area of study over recent years.

    In contrast to other exercise psychology textbooks grounded in social psychology, Exercise Psychology, Second Edition, presents a psychobiolocal approach that examines the inner workings of the body and their effects on behavior. From this unique perspective, readers will learn the biological foundations of exercise psychology within the broader contexts of cognitive, social, and environmental influences. By exploring the biological mechanisms associated with individuals’ behavior, Exercise Psychology, Second Edition, challenges students and researchers to critically examine less-explored methods for positive behavior change.

    To reflect the continued growth of information in exercise psychology since the first edition was published, the second edition of Exercise Psychology offers the following new features:

    • Three new chapters on exercise and cognitive function, energy and fatigue, and pain

    • Thoroughly revised chapters on the correlates of exercise, neuroscience, stress, depression, and sleep

    • An image bank featuring figures and tables from the text that can be used for course discussion and presentation

    Authors Buckworth and Dishman, along with newly added authors O'Connor and Tomporowski,bring subject area expertise to the book and provide an in-depth examination of the relationships between exercise and psychological constructs. The findings on both classic and cutting-edge topics are clearly and cohesively presented with the help of relevant quotes, sidebars, suggested readings, and a glossary to guide students through their studies.
    Exercise Psychology, Second Edition, provides an in-depth examination of the psychological antecedents and consequences of physical activity, helping readers understand the mental health benefits of exercise as well as the factors involved in exercise adoption and adherence. Thoroughly revised and updated, the second edition of Exercise Psychology balances the biological foundations of the brain and behavior with theory and knowledge derived from behavioristic, cognitive, and social approaches.


    Textbook for graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses in exercise psychology and other similar courses in fitness or health psychology; reference for academic libraries and researchers in kinesiology and psychology.

    Table of Contents


    Part I. Introduction and Basic Concepts
    Chapter 1. Foundations of Exercise Psychology
    Dualism Versus Monism
    Biological Foundations
    Cognitive Foundations
    Behavioral and Social Foundations
    Contemporary Exercise Psychology
    Overview of Physical Activity and Mental Health
    Overview of Physical Activity Behavior

    Chapter 2. Basic Concepts in Exercise Psychology
    General Concepts
    Psychological Constructs
    Multidimensional Scales
    Covariance Modeling
    Defining Physical Activity and Fitness
    Measuring Physical Activity
    Behavioral Genetics
    Research Issues

    Chapter 3. Behavioral Neuroscience
    The Neural Network
    Cellular and Molecular Biology of the Brain
    Animal Models
    Measuring Brain Activity

    Part II. Exercise and Mental Health
    Chapter 4. Stress
    Background and Definitions
    Effects of Exercise
    Contemporary Views: Exercise Research

    Chapter 5. Affect, Mood, and Emotion
    Definitions of Terms
    A Brief History
    Contemporary Views of Affect and Emotion
    Neuroanatomy of Affect and Emotion
    Factors Influencing the Effects of Exercise on Affect
    Research on Exercise and Affect
    Psychophysiological and Behavioral Assessment
    Hazards of Exercise?

    Chapter 6. Anxiety
    Prevalence and Social Impact
    Types of Common Anxiety Disorders
    Effects of Exercise

    Chapter 7. Depression
    Prevalence and Social Impact
    Clinical Description
    Effects of Exercise

    Chapter 8. Cognition
    Clinical Neuropsychology
    Neurophysiological Measures
    Disease States, Exercise, and Cognition
    Factors that Moderate the Effects of Exercise
    Issues in Research

    Chapter 9. Energy and Fatigue
    A Brief History
    Conceptual Framework

    Chapter 10. Sleep
    Sleep Disturbances
    Prevalence and Impact of Sleep Disturbances
    A Brief History
    Research on Exercise and Sleep

    Chapter 11. Pain
    Scope and Impact of Chronic Pain
    Neurobiological Basis of Pain
    Pain During and After Acute Exercise
    Effects of Exercise Training

    Chapter 12. Self-Esteem
    The Self-System
    Theories and Models
    Factors Influencing Self-Esteem
    Exercise and Self-Esteem
    Distorted Body Image and Exercise

    Part III. The Psychology of Physical Activity Behavior
    Chapter 13. Correlates of Exercise and Physical Activity
    Classification of Correlates
    Issues in Research

    Chapter 14. Theories of Behavior Change
    Cognitive Behaviorism
    Social Cognitive Theory
    Bandura’s Self-Efficacy Theory
    Theory of Planned Behavior
    Self-Determination Theory
    Stage Theories
    Other Theories Applied to Exercise and Physical Activity
    Issues in the Application of Theories of Exercise Behavior

    Chapter 15. Interventions to Change Physical Activity Behavior
    Intervention Context
    Specific Strategies
    Environment and Policy–Based Interventions
    Why Can’t We Keep People Active? Mediators and Intervention Effectiveness

    Chapter 16. Perceived Exertion
    A Brief History
    Psychophysics and Perceived Exertion
    Comparing People
    Signals to Perceived Exertion
    Sensory Nervous System
    Physiological Mediators
    Psychological and Sociocultural Influences
    Perceived Exertion: The Final Common Pathway
    Practical Use of Ratings of Perceived Exertion

    About the Authors

    About the Author

    Janet Buckworth, PhD, is an associate professor of exercise science at Ohio State University in Columbus, where she teaches upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses on behavior change in exercise. She has written and presented extensively on exercise psychology and behavior change.

    Respected for her expertise in the field, Buckworth has been invited as a keynote presenter for several conferences on exercise psychology and exercise and depression. She is also the recipient of an NIH grant for her research in exercise adherence.

    Buckworth is a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She is also a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

    She and her husband, Chuck Moody, reside in Columbus, Ohio. Buckworth enjoys running with her dog, cooking, and reading science fiction and mystery novels.

    Rod K. Dishman, PhD, is a professor of exercise science, adjunct professor of psychology, and codirector of the Exercise Psychology Laboratory at the University of Georgia at Athens. He has served as a consultant on exercise to government agencies in the United States, Canada, and Europe. His research has been funded by the NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Heart Association, and the United State Olympic Committee (USUC).

    Dishman is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Kinesiology and was one of 22 founding members of the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Academy of Sport Sciences. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

    He resides in Athens, Georgia, and enjoys cycling and resistance exercise.

    Patrick J. O’Connor, PhD, is a professor of exercise science and the codirector of the Exercise Psychology Laboratory at the University of Georgia at Athens. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on their 2007-2008 Physical Activity Guidelines.

    He has presented original research at 80 conferences, written numerous journal articles, and contributed to several books. O’Connor is fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and American College of Sports Medicine and scientific advisor to the International Life Sciences Institute.

    He resides in Athens, Georgia, with his wife, Sarah Covert, and twins, Aydan and Siena. O’Connor enjoys training for and competing in various running events from 5Ks to the Boston Marathon.

    Phillip Tomporowski, PhD, is a professor of kinesiology and director of the Cognition and Skill Acquisition Laboratory at the University of Georgia at Athens. He has coauthored three books, coedited two texts, and authored numerous book chapters and journal articles. He has served as a consultant to university extension programs, international programs, local community service programs, and governmental and nongovernmental agencies in the United States and the United Kingdom. Tomporowski is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

    He resides in Athens, Georgia. Tomporowski is a martial arts instructor and practitioner. He also enjoys competing in triathlons and obstacle course races.


    "This second edition is a great contribution to the field. It contains the latest peer-reviewed citations to support the theory presented. The authors are well-respected scientists in the field and their expert contribution is welcomed."

    --Doody's Book Review (5 star review)


    All ancillary materials for this text are FREE to course adopters and available online at

    Image bank. Includes all of the figures and tables from the text, sorted by chapter, that can be used in developing a customized presentation based on specific course requirements or used in creating other learning aids for students.

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