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The Influence of Affective Priming on the Affective Response During Exercise: A Replication Study

Sinika Timme, Jasmin Hutchinson, Anton Regorius, and Ralf Brand

mechanism to affective priming. They reasoned that presentation of a valenced prime should “activate any associated evaluations and, hence, facilitate a related judgement” ( Fazio, 2001 , p. 116). Thus, when a person is confronted with a prime associated with a positive valence (e.g., happy face), it is

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Exercise Might Be Good for Me, But I Don’t Feel Good About It: Do Automatic Associations Predict Exercise Behavior?

Matthias Bluemke, Ralf Brand, Geoffrey Schweizer, and Daniela Kahlert

Models employed in exercise psychology highlight the role of reflective processes for explaining behavior change. However, as discussed in social cognition literature, information-processing models also consider automatic processes (dual-process models). To examine the relevance of automatic processing in exercise psychology, we used a priming task to assess the automatic evaluations of exercise stimuli in physically active sport and exercise majors (n = 32), physically active nonsport majors (n = 31), and inactive students (n = 31). Results showed that physically active students responded faster to positive words after exercise primes, whereas inactive students responded more rapidly to negative words. Priming task reaction times were successfully used to predict reported amounts of exercise in an ordinal regression model. Findings were obtained only with experiential items reflecting negative and positive consequences of exercise. The results illustrate the potential importance of dual-process models in exercise psychology.

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Kim Gammage, Alyson Crozier, Alison Ede, Christopher Hill, Sean Locke, Eric Martin, Desi McEwan, Kathleen Mellano, Eva Pila, Matthew Stork, and Svenja Wolf

website: Affective Priming: The Potential for Music Video and Subliminal Priming During Exercise Subliminal priming, in which individuals are not consciously aware of priming cues, can be used to influence people’s affective evaluations and associations related

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“I Do What I Like”: 8- to 10-Year-Old Children’s Physical Activity Behavior Is Already Interrelated With Their Automatic Affective Processes

Julia Limmeroth and Michaela Raboldt

.F. , Scott , E.J. , Hoppe , R. , & French , D.P. ( 2007 ). Using the affective priming paradigm to explore the attitudes underlying walking behaviour . British Journal of Health Psychology, 12, 571 – 585 . 17931474 Faul , F. , Erdfelder , E. , Buchner

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To Run or Not to Run? Automatic Evaluations and Reflective Attitudes Toward Exercise

Julia Limmeroth and Norbert Hagemann

highlighted the importance of the specific, preferred type of exercise. Overall, for any rating level, higher affective priming effects correlated with higher scores of reported exercises. Thus, the stronger the activation of positive targets relative to negative targets following exercise primes (i