Köhler Motivation Gain Effects in Sport and Exercise Groups Event as iCalendar


28 April 2017

12:30 - 1:30pm

Venue: Room 731.203, Tāmaki Innovation Campus

Location: 261 Morrin Road, St Johns, Auckland

Exercise Sciences Research Seminar

Deborah Feltz


University Distinguished Professor Deborah L. Feltz
Department of Kinesiology,
Michigan State University, Michigan, USA


In this presentation, I review research on the Köhler effect, a group motivation gain that occurs when relatively weaker group members increase their motivational efforts compared to working alone, attributed to Otto Köhler (1926, 1927), a German industrial psychologist. I will describe research evidence from sport teams and exergame groups that illustrates the Köhler effect and how different task structures and partner characteristics (including software-generated partners) within groups can influence motivation for the general public as well as for astronauts. Supported by National Institutes of Health and NASA/National Space Biomedical Research Institute.


Dr Deborah Feltz received her PhD in Kinesiology from Penn State University in the area of sport psychology. She accepted an academic appointment at Michigan State University in 1980, where she is currently University Distinguished Professor in Kinesiology. She has spent her career studying the relationship between efficacy beliefs and physical activity. Her most recent scholarship has focused on group motivation gains in partnered exercise video games, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, and National Institutes of Health.

For more information email: exercise-sciences@auckland.ac.nz

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