Special Issue "Cognition: Determinant of Physical Activity, or Outcome of Environments Conducive to Physical Activity?"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2019)
As you are aware, publications on the relationship between physical activity and cognition has experienced an exponential growth in the last few years. This evidence-base is contributing to policy makers’ awareness of the public health relevance of the physical activity–cognition relationship. After decades of research into the nuances of this relationship, it is time to broaden the focus and bring together aspects that may facilitate transitioning evidence into policy.
This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, “Cognition: Determinant of Physical Activity, or Outcome of Environments Conducive to Physical Activity?” offers an opportunity to publish high-quality multi-disciplinary research, review or theoretical note that may further our understanding of the bi-directional relationship between physical activity and cognition. While the bi-directionality is not new, the novel approach that we propose is to bring together contributions on the two sides of the coin that are actually attracting attention from different perspectives. On the one side in Europe, there is renewed attention to multilevel physical activity determinants, also with a focus on the psychological level (e.g., http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0182709). On the other side, international experts in exercise and cognition have highlighted research priorities including the identification of the physical activity characteristics leading to cognitive benefits and the underlying mechanisms (e.g., the outcomes of a Delphi process in press in BJSM).
This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health provides an optimal venue to bring together contributions on cognitive determinants of physical activity and environmental conditions of physical activity that impact cognition, which represent a still under-investigated aspect of physical activity in relation to cognition.
Thus, we would welcome submissions on cognitive determinants of physical activity and on environmental conditions which, being conducive to quantitative or qualitative enhancement of physical activity, may impact cognition. Cognitive determinants of physical activity, broadly conceived include, but are not limited to cognition, metacognition, self-regulation, cognitive life skills and other socio-cognitive constructs. Environmental conditions conducive to physical activity that impact cognition include, but are not limited to characteristics of the natural, social and built environment, as well as characteristics of the physical and social environment in designed physical activity interventions.
Prof. Caterina Pesce
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- physical activity
- life skills
- natural environment
- built environment
- social environment