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Examines both the basic and applied research that has explored the influence which physical activity has upon psychological states. Organized into three sections: history and theory, research approaches, findings and applications. Individual chapters are contributed by distinguished researchers and practitioners representing three distinct disciplines: health psychology, physical education and exercise physiology. Provides a balanced, critical and up-to-date portrait of the field.
Partial table of contents:
HISTORICAL AND CONCEPTUAL UNDERPINNINGS.
Historical and Conceptual Roots of Exercise Psychology (W. Rejeski & A. Thompson).
THE STATUS OF RELEVANT RESEARCH.
Aerobic Fitness and the Response to Psychological Stress (D. Holmes).
On the Affective Benefits of Acute Aerobic Exercise: Taking Stock After Twenty Years of Research (K. Tuson & D. Sinyor).
Meta-Analytic Techniques in Exercise Psychology (W. Salazar, et al.).
Sympathetic Response to Acute Psychosocial Stressors in Humans: Linkage to Physical Exercise and Training (F. Peronnet & A. Szabo).
Psychological Effects of Exercise Among the Elderly (R. Fillingim & J. Blumenthal).
Social-Psychological Aspects of Fitness Promotion (L. Brawley & W. Rodgers).
Current Status and Future Directions in the Field of Exercise Psychology (P. Seraganian).