Positive affect and physical activity: Testing effects on goal setting, activation, prioritisation, and attainment.

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    • Abstract:
      Objective:The present research tested whether incidental positive affect promotes pursuit of physical activity goals. Four key features of goal pursuit were examined – setting physical activity goals (Study 1), goal activation (Study 2), and goal prioritization and goal attainment (Study 3). Design:Participants (Ns= 80, 81, and 59, in Studies 1–3, respectively) were randomized to positive affect (joy, hope) or neutral affect (control) conditions in each study. Main Outcome Measures:Questionnaire measures of goal level, goal commitment, and means selection (Study 1); a lexical decision task indexed goal activation (Study 2), a choice task captured goal prioritization and MET minutes quantified goal attainment (Study 3). Results:Study 1 showed that positive affect led to a greater number of intended physical activities, and that joy engendered greater willingness to try activities. In Study 2, a positive affect induction led to heightened activation of the physical activity goal compared to the control condition. The joy induction in Study 3 led to greater physical activity, and a trend towards greater goal prioritization. Conclusion:These findings suggest that positive affect enhances the pursuit of physical activity goals. Implications for health behavior theories and interventions are outlined. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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      7979
    • ISSN:
      0887-0446
    • Accession Number:
      10.1080/08870446.2017.1314477
    • Accession Number:
      127071454
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    • ABNT:
      CAMERON, D. S.; BERTENSHAW, E. J.; SHEERAN, P. Positive affect and physical activity: Testing effects on goal setting, activation, prioritisation, and attainment. Psychology & Health, [s. l.], v. 33, n. 2, p. 258–274, 2018. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 20 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Cameron DS, Bertenshaw EJ, Sheeran P. Positive affect and physical activity: Testing effects on goal setting, activation, prioritisation, and attainment. Psychology & Health. 2018;33(2):258-274. doi:10.1080/08870446.2017.1314477.
    • APA:
      Cameron, D. S., Bertenshaw, E. J., & Sheeran, P. (2018). Positive affect and physical activity: Testing effects on goal setting, activation, prioritisation, and attainment. Psychology & Health, 33(2), 258–274. https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2017.1314477
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Cameron, David S., Emma J. Bertenshaw, and Paschal Sheeran. 2018. “Positive Affect and Physical Activity: Testing Effects on Goal Setting, Activation, Prioritisation, and Attainment.” Psychology & Health 33 (2): 258–74. doi:10.1080/08870446.2017.1314477.
    • Harvard:
      Cameron, D. S., Bertenshaw, E. J. and Sheeran, P. (2018) ‘Positive affect and physical activity: Testing effects on goal setting, activation, prioritisation, and attainment’, Psychology & Health, 33(2), pp. 258–274. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2017.1314477.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Cameron, DS, Bertenshaw, EJ & Sheeran, P 2018, ‘Positive affect and physical activity: Testing effects on goal setting, activation, prioritisation, and attainment’, Psychology & Health, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 258–274, viewed 20 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Cameron, David S., et al. “Positive Affect and Physical Activity: Testing Effects on Goal Setting, Activation, Prioritisation, and Attainment.” Psychology & Health, vol. 33, no. 2, Feb. 2018, pp. 258–274. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/08870446.2017.1314477.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Cameron, David S., Emma J. Bertenshaw, and Paschal Sheeran. “Positive Affect and Physical Activity: Testing Effects on Goal Setting, Activation, Prioritisation, and Attainment.” Psychology & Health 33, no. 2 (February 2018): 258–74. doi:10.1080/08870446.2017.1314477.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Cameron DS, Bertenshaw EJ, Sheeran P. Positive affect and physical activity: Testing effects on goal setting, activation, prioritisation, and attainment. Psychology & Health [Internet]. 2018 Feb [cited 2019 Nov 20];33(2):258–74. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=pbh&AN=127071454