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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Contextual effects on the perceived health benefits of exercise: The exercise rank hypothesis
Author(s): Maltby, John
Wood, Alex M
Vlaev, Ivo
Taylor, Michael J
Brown, Gordon D A
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Keywords: social
decision making
Physical education and training Social aspects
Decision making
Issue Date: Dec-2012
Date Deposited: 22-Apr-2013
Citation: Maltby J, Wood AM, Vlaev I, Taylor MJ & Brown GDA (2012) Contextual effects on the perceived health benefits of exercise: The exercise rank hypothesis. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 34 (6), pp. 828-841.;
Abstract: Many accounts of social influences on exercise participation describe how people compare their behaviors to those of others. We develop and test a novel hypothesis, the exercise rank hypothesis, of how this comparison can occur. The exercise rank hypothesis, derived from evolutionary theory and the decision by sampling model of judgment, suggests that individuals' perceptions of the health benefits of exercise are influenced by how individuals believe the amount of exercise ranks in comparison with other people's amounts of exercise. Study 1 demonstrated that individuals' perceptions of the health benefits of their own current exercise amounts were as predicted by the exercise rank hypothesis. Study 2 demonstrated that the perceptions of the health benefits of an amount of exercise can be manipulated by experimentally changing the ranked position of the amount within a comparison context. The discussion focuses on how social norm-based interventions could benefit from using rank information.
DOI Link: 10.1123/jsep.34.6.828
Rights: Publisher allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 34.6, pp.828-841, 12/2012, by Human Kinetics with the following policy: The author retains the right to post an electronic version of the finalized article on electronic repositories controlled by the authors’ institution, provided that the electronic version is in PDF or other image capturing format.

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