Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management

School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Exercise Psychology Laboratory

The Exercise Psychology Laboratory was created in 2016 by Dr. Paul Loprinzi. Our laboratory includes doctoral, masters, and undergraduate researchers focused on designing and conducting research to address our mission of examining psychosocial determinants of physical activity and evaluating the effects of exercise on psychological function, cognition, and emotional regulation. Our group promotes a welcoming, encouraging and positive collaborative environment to address our laboratory’s mission.

IMG_0195IMG_0228Our Exercise Psychology Laboratory is located in Turner 243A of the Thomas N. Turner Center. Our laboratory includes three subdivided units. Each unit includes a treadmill, sit-stand desk, and a touch-screen desktop computer installed with both cognitive and affect assessment software. The Exercise Psychology Laboratory also houses a stationary cycle, step peddler, noise cancelling headphones, anthropometric instruments (scale, stadiometer, skinfold caliper), over 100 pedometers (Yamax Digiwalker SW 200), over 50 ActiGraph accelerometers (GT1M, GT3X, GT9X-Link), a cardiometabolic analyzer for cholesterol and glucose assessment, heart rate monitors, pulse oximeter, blood pressure cuffs, two auditory recording devices, yoga mats, and resistance training equipment (dumbbells).

Our other affiliations include the Jackson Heart Study Vanguard Center of Oxford and the Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory (director: Dr. Paul Loprinzi). Located in Turner 229, the Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory is a small office-size laboratory that houses a treadmill, desk, and a computer for survey and cognitive function assessment. The objective of this Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory is to conduct small-scale acute research projects focused on exercise and cognition/affect, measurement aspects of accelerometry, and to compute analyses and write-up manuscripts from epidemiological data sets (e.g., National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, National Youth Fitness Survey, Jackson Heart Study, National Youth Smoking Cessation Survey, National Health Interview Survey, National Survey of Children’s Health).