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Sports and Exercise Psychology

2. Exercise and Mental Health

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This module looks at the relationship between exercise and mental health. While there is strong anecdotal evidence for the positive effects of exercise on mental health and well-being, research has shown this effect to be relatively small. We think about why this might be the case, considering some of the challenges researchers face in this area. Next, we consider two biological explanations for the beneficial effects of exercise on our well-being: (i) the amine hypothesis and (ii) the cross-stressor adaptation hypothesis. Finally, we look at two research studies which show that short, low-intensity physical activity breaks decrease tiredness and have a positive effect on mood.


In this course, Dr Dan Bishop (Brunel University London) discusses a range of topics in Sports and Exercise Psychology. In module one we think about how anxiety impacts sport performance before moving on, in module two, to look at the relationship between exercise and mental health. Throughout the remaining modules we then explore a variety of personality and individual differences attributes, including reinvestment and its impact on decision-making in module three, learning by observing and imagining in module four and different psychological models of the athlete personality in module five.


Dr Dan Bishop is a Researcher and Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology at Brunel University London, a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist registered to practise with the HCPC, an Associate Fellow of the BPS, and a Fellow of Advance HE.

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Bishop, D. (2019, November 18). Sports and Exercise Psychology - Exercise and Mental Health [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Bishop, Dan. "Sports and Exercise Psychology – Exercise and Mental Health." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 18 Nov 2019,

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