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Title:Passive versus active exercise: An examination of affective change
Author(s):Melbourn, Lisa M.
Contributor(s):Petruzzello, Steve; Rougeau, Kathryn M.
Subject(s):Passive exercise
Exercise and the placebo effect
Exercise and psychological change
Abstract:Exercise elicits know psychological benefits. This study aimed to use passive exercise as a placebo to determine if the psychological benefits of exercise are a result of the physical nature of the exercise per se or the placebo effect. Affect was measured in two conditions: active exercise and passive exercise facilitated by a bicycle pedaled by a motor. Electromyography (EMG) was employed in each condition to measure muscle activation and ensure that each participant engaged in passive exercise when asked to do so. The possibility of muscle relaxation post-exercise in both active and passive conditions was also examined. It was hypothesized that muscle activation during passive exercise will surpass that of the control, but remain significantly less than during active exercise. In addition, passive exercise will increase affect similarly to active exercise indicating the influence of the placebo effect.
Issue Date:2012-05-14
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-12-19

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