Motivational contagion during exercise and the role of interpersonal relationships: An experimental study

Publikation: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftZeitschriftenaufsätzeForschungBegutachtung


The present research focused on the phenomenon of motivational contagion while being physically active. It can be assumedthat communication with signicant others impacts upon a person’s behavior in situations where communication or interaction is notexplicitly intended to change behavior. Specically, the purpose of the two present studies was to examine the effect of positive(i.e., intrinsically connoted) and negative (i.e., extrinsically connoted) self-disclosure from a confederate on the motivational state of anindividual simultaneously exercising with the confederate. These studies sought to replicate the experimental study of Scarapicchia,Andersen, & Bengoechea (2013). In addition, to test the further assumption that the relationship impacts upon contagion processes, weincluded a short team-building intervention involving our confederate and the participant in order to manipulate the relationship quality(Study 1) and to compare friends with strangers (Study 2). Our results show that the participants who were exposed to the intrinsic cues(e.g., “I enjoy riding the bike, it’s great that there is a study about it”) reported greater interest and enjoyment while exercising on thebicycle ergometer than those who were exposed to extrinsic cues (e.g., “I don’t enjoy cycling at all. I’m only participating because myteacher told me to do so”). The relationship between the confederate and participant was not found to affect the main effect.
ZeitschriftPsyCh Journal
Seiten (von - bis)128-140
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2020

Fachgebiete und Schlagwörter

  • interpersonal relationship
  • motivational contagion
  • motivational priming
  • physical activity