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Alexander T. Latinjak, Marc Masó, and Nikos Comoutos

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” This famous quote by Benjamin Franklin illustrates how important active involvement in learning is for learning. In this sense, self-directed attention-focusing strategies such as goal-directed self-talk may be critical in

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Sarah McLachlan and Martin S. Hagger

The distinction between intrinsic and extrinsic goals, and between goal pursuit for intrinsically and extrinsically motivated reasons, is a central premise of self-determination theory. Proponents of the theory have proposed that the pursuit of intrinsic goals and intrinsically motivated goal striving each predict adaptive psychological and behavioral outcomes relative to the pursuit of extrinsic goals and extrinsically motivated goal striving. Despite evidence to support these predictions, research has not explored whether individuals naturally differentiate between intrinsic and extrinsic goals. Two studies tested whether people make this differentiation when recalling goals for leisure-time physical activity. Using memory-recall methods, participants in Study 1 were asked to freely generate physical activity goals. A subsample (N = 43) was asked to code their freely generated goals as intrinsic or extrinsic. In Study 2, participants were asked to recall intrinsic and extrinsic goals after making a decision regarding their future physical activity. Results of these studies revealed that individuals’ goal generation and recall exhibited significant clustering by goal type. Participants encountered some difficulties when explicitly coding goals. Findings support self-determination theory and indicate that individuals discriminate between intrinsic and extrinsic goals.

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Maria Newton and Mary D. Fry

The purpose of this study was of examine the motivational perspectives of athletes participating in the Senior Olympic Games. One hundred thirty-seven senior athletes (54 males. 82 females, and 1 nonidentifier) completed measures of goal orientations, beliefs about the causes of success in sport, intrinsic motivation, and views about the purpose of sport. Multivariate analysis revealed a positive association between task orientation and intrinsic motivation, the belief that success in sport is achieved through hard work, and self-improvement-based purposes of sport. In contrast, ego orientation was associated with the belief that success in sport is achieved by those who are gifted with natural ability and who know how to maximize external and deceptive factors. Further, ego orientation was linked to the belief that the purpose of sport was for personal gain. The motivational implications of the present findings are discussed based on the tenets of goal perspective theory.

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Mark A. Robinson

our own improvement? This research examines this question in the context of elite sport to illuminate ongoing debates in psychological goal-setting theory. To do so, it draws on a unique set of circumstances that unfolded recently in elite swimming, enabling these issues to be examined systematically

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G. Clayton Stoldt, Lori K. Miller, and Mark Vermillion

The purposes of this study were to gain insights regarding how sport public relations practitioners in the United States define public relations goals, identify linkages between the public relations function and overall organizational goals, and evaluate public relations’ effectiveness. Using a modified approach to a method first employed by Hon (1997, 1998), the investigators queried 30 public relations professionals in diverse sport settings. Findings indicated that achieving some sort of outcome with an intended audience, although those outcomes varied, was the most common goal. Respondents also indicated that there were linkages between public relations and organizational goals, although the nature of those linkages was not always specified. The most common method of evaluating public relations was tracking media coverage.

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Salih A. Salih, Nancye M. Peel, Di Enright, and Wendy Marshall

problems such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and stroke, certain types of cancer, and osteoporosis ( Warburton, Nicol, & Bredin, 2006 ). Maintaining appropriate PA is a public health goal for older persons ( Haskell et al., 2007 ) with additional positive effects on daily function

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Harold W. Kohl III, Ashleigh M. Johnson, Erin E. Dooley, Brooke Towner, Russell R. Pate, Kurt Heischmidt, and Eloise M. Elliott

, balancing, and resource allocation to address population health burdens, and can happen on a micro- (local), meso- (state/territory), or macroscale (national). Public health planning involves an interactive process that is designed to develop goals and objectives that, if met, will improve the health of a

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Jacob R. Schlierf, Trevor S. Jaskiw, Britton W. Brewer, and Judy L. Van Raalte

/or clarification of goals and values for future behavior” ( Shertzer & Stone, 1966 , p. 26). In addition to helping athletes identify and develop resources for coping, a central function of counseling in the sport injury rehabilitation context is assisting athletes in the process of setting goals and anticipating

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Robert Weinberg, Deanna Morrison, Megan Loftin, Thelma Horn, Elizabeth Goodwin, Emily Wright, and Carly Block

Goal setting is one of the most-researched areas in industrial/organizational psychology. Reviews of literature (meta-analyses and narrative) including over 500 individual and empirical studies (which have contributed to both the narrative and meta-analytic reviews) have consistently demonstrated

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Laura C. Healy, Nikos Ntoumanis, and Calum A. Arthur

In daily life, the management of goals pursued simultaneously has been described as a juggling act ( Louro, Pieters, & Zeelenberg, 2007 ) and can present significant challenges for individuals. People regularly strive for multiple goals within a single context, such as a basketball player trying to