Exercise Psychology-2nd Edition / Edition 2

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Erik H VanIterson, M.S., M.Bio(University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: This is the second edition of a book that addresses the associations between physical activity and mental health. It keeps the core foundations presented in the first edition, while updating the figures, graphs, and peer-reviewed citations.
Purpose: The aim is to present the basic fundamentals of exercise psychology as well as the current state of research in the field. This objective is important in laying the groundwork for future study in either the professional or academic setting. The authors successfully achieve their objective.
Audience: The primary audience is undergraduate students, but the book may be appropriate in the professional setting as a reference. It presents basic information on exercise psychology as well as some more advanced topics that may be more appealing to practitioners.
Features: This book contains a vast amount of information on exercise psychology as well as the inter-related fields that support it. Helpful figures and tables emphasize key points throughout. The book is organized in a thoughtful manner, so that may be read sequentially or by specific section.
Assessment: 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. This is an easy-to-read undergraduate level textbook that sets readers up for future study in the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781450407090
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/21/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 526
  • Sales rank: 439,048
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet 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.

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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


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