Positive effects of dancing in natural versus indoor settings: The mediating role of engagement in physical activity
Katarzyna Byrka , Natalia Ryczko
AbstractUsing 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.
|Journal series||Journal of Environmental Psychology, ISSN 0272-4944, (A 45 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|Keywords in English||Green exercise; Exercise-related emotions; Dance Engagement in physical activity|
|Publication indicators||: 2016 = 2.154; : 2017 = 3.553 (2) - 2017=4.887 (5)|
|Citation count*||7 (2020-09-23)|
* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.