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Panteleimon Ekkekakis
Honorary Research Fellow


Panteleimon Ekkekakis, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Iowa State University and Honorary Fellow at Exeter University in the School of Sports and Health Sciences, studies the reasons behind what is presently considered the most serious public health challenge in industrialized countries, namely the problem of physical inactivity. In particular, his research examines the patterns of affective responses (such as pleasure versus displeasure) to exercise performed at different levels of intensity and the cognitive and physiological factors that influence these patterns. The rationale for this focus is based on the hedonic theory of motivation, according to which people generally tend to do what makes them feel better and tend to avoid what makes them feel worse.

Panteleimon’s research publications span the areas of psychometrics, personality and individual differences, affective psychology, psychophysiology, health psychology, behavioral and preventive medicine, applied physiology, and exercise science. He has co-edited the volume Psychobiology of Physical Activity (Human Kinetics, 2006), the first of its kind in the international literature.

Panteleimon is an associate editor for the journal Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, a member of the editorial board of the journals Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Mental Health and Physical Activity, as well as a regular reviewer for approximately 30 journals from the fields of exercise and sport psychology, exercise science, health psychology, health education, and psychobiology.  He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA).

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