Exercise Psychology

Exercise Psychology research focuses on psychological responses to physical activity and psychological factors associated with physical activity participation and dropout. Emphasis is placed on the following:

  • The relationship between acute and chronic physical activity and psychological responses
  • Individual differences and psychobiological factors that influence this relationship
  • The implications of psychological responses for long-term adherence
  • The effects of physical activity and exercise on clinical outcomes and other neurobiological factors in mental illnesses (e.g., major depressive disorder, substance use disorders)

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Jacob Meyer

111E Forker Building
534 Wallace Road
Ames, IA 50011-4008



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Angelique Brellenthin

103N Forker Building
534 Wallace Road
Ames, IA 50011-4008