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Sensation seeking and physical activity


Minkwitz, J and Chittka, J and Schuster, S and Kirkby, KC and Sander, C and Hegerl, U and Himmerich, H, Sensation seeking and physical activity, Health Behavior and Policy Review, 3, (6) pp. 528-534. ISSN 2326-4403 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.14485/HBPR.3.6.2


Objectives: The personality trait of sensation seeking (SeSe) is associated with high-risk sports. However, the relationship between SeSe and energy expenditure (EE) has not been examined in detail using objective measures.

Methods: Twenty-two female and 21 male healthy participants were assessed for SeSe on the Arnett Inventory of Sensation Seeking (AISS), examining total score and intensity and novelty subscale scores. Total energy expenditure (TEE) per day was calculated using a SenseWear armband.

Results: Significant positive correlations were found between AISS total and TEE (r = 0.35, p<0.01) and between AISS intensity and TEE (r = 0.43, p<0.05).

Conclusions: Self-reported sensation seeking was associated with high total energy expenditure. The pattern of preferred activity in high sensation seekers favors intensity rather than novelty.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:personality, accelerometry, energy expenditure, psychophysiology, physical activity
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Field:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
UTAS Author:Kirkby, KC (Professor Kenneth Kirkby)
ID Code:112118
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2016-10-27
Last Modified:2018-05-04

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