Links Between Open-mindedness and Exercise Behavior

University of Detroit Mercy, Department of Psychology

The objective of this project is to test the relationship between a particular theory of open/close-mindedness and exercise behavior. The hypothesis predicts that in younger cohorts no difference in exercise behavior will be seen between open and close-minded groups. The close-minded in the young cohort may have a harder time adapting goals to abilities, but their youth will allow them to meet difficult goals. In older cohorts, the open-minded group should be more willing to reconsider and redefine what is acceptable exercise and what are acceptable goals as their abilities decline, and this should provide some protection against exercise cessation compared to those in the close-minded group. If this pattern is found it will give some indication for counseling interventions in individuals who have previously exercised but who have since ceased. Learning new, less stringent expectations may have the effect of producing better exercise habits. Our model of close-mindedness is based on early or continuous exposure to authoritarianism in the home or culture. Depending on the results of this study addressing this may also be indicated.

Your Impact

Potential benefits from participation in this project include an insight gained into their exercise habits, self-efficacy, and past exercise-related memories. Educational materials and links can provide them with an increased knowledge on different forms of exercise, the benefits of exercise. There may be elicitation of uncomfortable or unpleasant emotional experience associated with answering questions about one’s body image or exercise routine, especially for those whose current activity levels are significantly less than their ideal activity levels.

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

At least 18 years old

Study Tasks

Participants will fill out about 250 multiple choice items
Participants will answer about ten essay or narrative questions
Participants will answer questions about demographics


This study has been approved by the University of Detroit Mercy's institutional review board (IRB) and has been given exemption #2 for survey research.


parenting style

Activity and Time

Psychology, Health and Wellness

Polls and Surveys, Online

Weekdays, Weeknights, Weekends, Overnight

1 hour total, 1 session

All done online.


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Study Address

This study doesn't require any in-person visits. Complete it in the comfort of your own home!

Posting date: Aug 10, 2020

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