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Sports Psychology – Exercise and Mental Health

2. Exercise and Mental Health: Research

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Lecture

In this lecture, we think about some key research in the field of exercise and mental health, focusing in particular on: (i) Carine Lewis’ research on the impact of social dance sessions on individuals with Parkinson’s disease and a control group, finding that all members of both groups had more positive mental health after ten weeks of sessions; (ii) additional findings from this study, including that the elderly group members found less fatigue was present at the end of the block of sessions; (iii) evaluation of this study, including the difficulty discerning the positive benefits of the exercise from the social element of the sessions; (iv) a more recent study assessing the mental health of students, finding that the exercise was negatively associated with mental health problems and suicide attempts.

Course

In this course, Dr Anthony Miller (Staffordshire University) explores the relationship between exercise and mental health. In the first lecture, we think about what exercise is and what mental health benefits it can bring. In the second lecture, we think about some key research findings in the field of exercise and mental health. In the third lecture, we think about the irrational beliefs and negative relationships that can exist in the mind of someone with an exercise addiction. Next, we think about techniques that can be implemented to improve people’s relationship with exercise. In the fifth and final lecture, we think about how these concepts can be summarised.

Lecturer

Dr Anthony Miller is a lecturer in the School of Health, Science and Wellbeing at Staffordshire University. Dr Miller’s research interests are in understanding human performance and wellbeing under pressure, with a particular focus on the social identity approach to leadership. Some of Dr Miller’s recent publications include 'Psychological distress across sport participation groups: The mediating effects of secondary irrational beliefs on the relationship between primary irrational beliefs and symptoms of anxiety, and depression' (2019) and 'Test-retest reliability of the irrational performance beliefs inventory' (2018).

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Miller, A. (2022, May 10). Sports Psychology – Exercise and Mental Health - Exercise and Mental Health: Research [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/sports-psychology-exercise-and-mental-health/exercise-and-mental-health-research

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Miller, A. "Sports Psychology – Exercise and Mental Health – Exercise and Mental Health: Research." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 10 May 2022, https://www.massolit.io/courses/sports-psychology-exercise-and-mental-health/exercise-and-mental-health-research

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