The Physical Sacrifice Of Thinking: Investigating The Relationship Between Thinking And Physical Activity In Everyday Life

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David L. Dickinson Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Physical activity level is an important contributor to overall human health and obesity. Research has shown that humans possess a number of traits that influence their physical activity level including social cognition. We examined whether the trait of “need for cognition” was associated with daily physical activity levels. We recruited individuals who were high or low in need for cognition and measured their physical activity level in 30-second epochs over a 1-week period.The overall findings showed that low-need-for-cognition individuals were more physically active, but this difference was most pronounced during the 5-day work week and lessened during the weekend.

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McElroy, T., et al. (2015). "The physical sacrifice of thinking: Investigating the relationship between thinking and physical activity in everyday life." Journal of Health Psychology 21(8): 1750-1757. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2015
cognition, decision, obesity, physical activity, risk

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