Positive effects of dancing in natural versus indoor settings: The mediating role of engagement in physical activity

Katarzyna Byrka , Natalia Ryczko


Using different environments, we tested how engagement in dancing may lead to positive emotions. We also explored the mechanism responsible for the effect natural environments have on emotions by testing the mediational role of objective engagement in physical activity. Regular dancers (N=64) participated in a salsasolo session either in an indoor (dance room) or an outdoor (park) condition. We assessed positive exerciserelated emotions and perceived exhaustion before and after the dance session. We measured objective engagement in physical activity with accelerometers. A beneficial effect of dancing was observed for all variables. The dancers in the park, compared to the indoor group, reported a greater increase in positive emotions after the salsa session. Objective engagement in dancing was much higher among the dancers in the park than in the dance room. Finally, we found that dance has positive psychological effects in natural settings through engagement in physical activity.
Author Katarzyna Byrka (Filia we Wrocławiu / II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu)
Katarzyna Byrka,,
- II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu
, Natalia Ryczko
Natalia Ryczko,,
Journal seriesJournal of Environmental Psychology, ISSN 0272-4944, (A 45 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishGreen exercise; Exercise-related emotions; Dance Engagement in physical activity
ASJC Classification3202 Applied Psychology; 3207 Social Psychology
URL https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2018.06.002
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 2.154; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 3.553 (2) - 2017=4.887 (5)
Citation count*7 (2021-01-18)
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