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Summer School - Conceptual, Theoretical and Methodological Advances in Exercise Motivation Research: Automaticity and Affect, 9-13 July 2019, Germany

Publish Date: Mar 17, 2019

Deadline: May 15, 2019

15th European Congress of Sport & Exercise Psychology (FEPSAC; Münster, GER): July 15 to 20, 2019

The international graduate summer school Conceptual, theoretical and methodological advances in exercise motivation research: Automaticity and affect is aimed at excellent young researchers with a Master Degree and Post-Docs with specific research experience, from all over the world. Participation is free of charge, but only by invitation after application. Applicants from the United States have the opportunity to apply for scholarships (travel and accommodation) of up to 1,350 USD (p.p.).

Conceptual, theoretical and methodological advances in exercise motivation research: Automaticity and affect

How does exercise make people feel? Why do people fall short of acting rationally and in accordance with their beliefs, values, and intentions? In the past few years, researchers have increasingly recognized (and demonstrated empirically) that the pandemic of physical inactivity, behavior change, and exercise motivation cannot be sufficiently understood without addressing the affective and automatic bases of behavior.

The primary aim of this summer school is to provide young scholars in exercise psychology with conceptual and methodological "know-how" that will enable them to thrive as researchers, teachers, and clinicians in the next, "post-cognitivist" phase that our field is entering. 

The Summer School is dedicated to the in-depth discussion of the fundamentals of the research area, the illustration of innovative tools, methods and research designs, and in particular to the illustration of possibilities for young researchers to contribute their own ideas to this seminal field of research. As a result, ideas and plans for internationally coordinated research collaborations will be developed which, in particular, will address the specific research interests of the participants.

Learning activities include impulse and brief overview lectures by the three mentors, moderated group discussions and hands-on demonstrations of research methods and tests. A characteristic of this Summer School will be the extensive personal coaching offered by the four mentors and the many opportunities for in-depth discussion with them (as well as with the other participants).

Learning outcomes

  1. Upon completing the course, the students / attendees will be able to:
  2. Distinguish the defining features of core affect, mood, and emotion
  3. Articulate well-grounded rationales for selecting measures of affective constructs (and, thus, avoid statements such as "this measure was used because it has been used before")
  4. Distinguish the features of different categories of tasks for the assessment of implicit / automatic processes
  5. Adequately document the key procedural details of performance-based tasks used for the assessment of implicit / automatic processes
  6. Use "best practices" in the assessment of implicit / automatic processes
  7. Understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of psychophysiological procedures used in the study of implicit / automatic processes
  8. Grasp fundamental concepts in psychophysiology
  9. Comprehend basic steps involved in the processing of psychophysiological data

The summer school will start on Tuesday, July 9,  2019, at 10:00 a.m., and the last session will end on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 4:00 p.m.

...and of  course there will be a social program with short excursions into the beautiful nature and lake landscape around Potsdam as well as visits and sightseeing in Berlin. We will have fun together!

Preliminary program:

  • Day 1: Affect (led by P. Ekkekakis)
  • Day 2: Automaticity (led by R. Brand)
  • Day 3: Psychophysiology, Data Management and Statistics (led by B. Cheval)
  • Day 4: Development of internationally coordinated research efforts (thematic workshops; led by F. Antoniewicz).
  • Day 5: Development of internationally coordinated research efforts (thematic workshops; led by F. Antoniewicz).

The program and time schedule will be further refined in the coming few weeks.

Mentored by P. Ekkekakis (USA), B. Cheval (Switzerland), R. Brand and F. Antoniewicz (Germany).

Application and Scholarships


Applications are open to excellent young researchers with a Master Degree and Post-Docs with specific research experience, from all over the world.

In order to apply for participation you will have to send email including:

  1. a brief CV,
  2. a brief description of your research idea and/or your current research focus,
  3. a short letter with the description of your motivation to further your skills and knowledge on Conceptual, theoretical and methodological advances in exercise motivation research: Automaticity and affect.

Deadline for application is March 31, 2019 (12:00 p.m., CET).

All information shall be included into 1 pdf file and addressed to the mentors of the summer school. Only applications sent to the email linked above will be accepted for review.


The University of Potsdam aims to deepen and extend its relationships with colleagues and universities from the US. Therefore, it is possible for young excellent colleagues who are currently associated with a US-American university to apply for scholarships. There are:

  • 4 top-scholarships of up to 1,350 USD (travel and accommodation;  actual costs)
  • 4 scholarships of up to 900 USD (travel and accommodation;  actual costs)

The application for a scholarship must be shown in the regular application document (see above). In this case, we expect a more detailed explanation as to how participation in the summer school will have a positive effect on the envisaged academic career. The winners of the scholarships will be selected jointly by the four mentors of the summer school, and solely on the basis of the documents submitted.

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