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Department of Kinesiology

Exergames Research Lab

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Research

At the XRL, our research explores how group dynamics principles can be used to improve exercise behaviors, such as duration and intensity. A major focus of the lab is to conduct research based on this paradigm. Currently, we are not recruiting students.

 

Completed Grant Projects

 

Cyber Partners: Harnessing Group Dynamics to Boost Motivation for More Efficient Exercise (2013-2016)

 

Cyber Partners: Harnessing Group Dynamics to Boost Motivation to Exercise (2013-2015)

 

Harnessing Group Dynamics to Boost Individual Motivation to Exercise (2009-2011)

 

Publications

 

Below is a list of publications from our recently completed work.

 

Samendinger, S., Forlenza, S.T., Winn, B., Max, E.J., Kerr, N.L., Pfeiffer, K.A., & Feltz, D.L. (in press, 2017). Introductory dialogue and the Köhler effect in software-generated workout partners. Psychology of Sport and Exercise https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.07.001

Max, E.J., Feltz, D.L., Kerr, N.L., & Wittenbaum, G.M. (2016). Is silence golden?: Effect of encouragement from a partner or trainer on active video game play. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/1612197X.2016.1199580

Feltz, D.L., Ploutz-Snyder, L., Winn, B., Kerr, N.L., Pivarnik, J.M., Ede, A., Hill, C.R., Samendinger, S. & Jeffery, W. (2016). Simulated Partners and Collaborative Exercise (SPACE) to Boost Motivation for Astronauts: Study Protocol. BioMed Central Psychology, 4:54. DOI: 10.1186/s40359-016-0165-9 URL: http://www.biomedcentral.com/2050-7283/4/54

Max, E. J., Samendinger, S., Winn, B., Kerr, N. L., Pfeiffer, K. A., & Feltz, D. L. (2016). Enhancing aerobic exercise with a novel virtual exercise buddy based on the Köhler effect. Games for Health Journal: Research, Development, and Clinical Applications, 5(4), 1-6. DOI: 10.1089/g4h.2016.0018

Samendinger, S., Beckles, J., Forlenza, S.T., Pfeiffer, K.A., & Feltz, D.L. (2015). Partner weight as a moderator of exercise motivation in an obese sample. Medical Research Archives http://dx.doi.org/10.18103/mra.v0i3.277

Straker, L.M., Fenner, A.A., Howie, E.K., Feltz, D.L., Gray, C.M., Lu, A., Mueller, F., Simons, M., & Barnett, L.M. (2015). Efficient and effective change principles in active video games. Games for Health Journal: Research, Development, and Clinical Applications, 4, 43-52.

Feltz, D.L., Forlenza, S.T., Winn, B., & Kerr, N.L. (2014). Cyber buddy is better than no buddy: A test of the Köhler motivation effect in exergames. Games for Health Journal: Research, Development, and Clinical Applications. 3(2), 98-105. doi:10.1089/g4h.2013.0088.

Kerr, N. L., Forlenza, S. T., Irwin, B. C., & Feltz, D. L. (2013). "... been down so long...": Perpetual vs. intermittent inferiority and the Kohler group motivation gain in exercise groups. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 17, 67-80.

 

Irwin, B. C., Feltz, D. L., & Kerr, N. L. (2013). Silence is golden: Effect of encouragement in motivating the weak link in an online exercise video game. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 15, e104.

 

Feltz, D. L., Irwin, B. C., & Kerr, N. L. (2012). Two-player partnered exergame for obesity prevention: Using discrepancy in players' abilities as a strategy to motivate physical activity. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 6, 820-827.

 

Forlenza, S. T., Kerr, N. L., Irwin, B. C., & Feltz, D. L. (2012). Is my exercise partner similar enough? Partner characteristics as a moderator of the Kohler effect in exergames. Games for Health Journal, 1, 436-441.

 

Osborn, K. A., Irwin, B. C., Skogsberg, N. J., & Feltz, D. L. (2012). The Kohler effect: Motivation gains and losses in real sports groups. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 1, 242-253.

 

Irwin, B. C., Scorniaenchi, J., Kerr, N. L., Eisenmann, J. C., & Feltz, D. L. (2012). Aerobic exercise is promoted when individual performance affects the group: A test of the Kohler motivation gain effect. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 44, 151-159.

 

Kerr, N. L., Feltz, D. L., & Irwin, B. C. (2012). To pay or not to pay? Do extrinsic incentives alter the Kohler group motivation gain? Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 16, 257-268.

 

Feltz, D. L., Kerr, N. L., & Irwin, B. C. (2011). Buddy up: The Kohler effect applied to health games. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 33, 506-526.