Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2015

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Psychology & Neuroscience

First Advisor

Dr. Angela Bryan

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard Olson

Third Advisor

Dr. Rolf Norgaard


This study examined affective response data collected over the course of a longitudinal cardiorespiratory exercise training intervention. A total of N = 76 sedentary women were randomly assigned to one of four exercise training conditions fully crossed on intensity and duration. Participants were instructed to complete 4-bouts of supervised exercise per week, for 16-weeks. Core affective responses to exercise were measured using the Feeling Scale (FS) and Felt Arousal Scale (FAS) every 10 minutes over the course of a single exercise bout, during weeks 0, 4, 8, and 16. The goal of this study was to determine if core affective responses to exercise can be improved with training, and if BMI moderates this response to exercise over the course of time. The results showed no change in affective response over time for either measure. However, we found a significant, positive correlation between BMI and the arousal dimension of affective response.