• Neuroscience & Behaviour

    Neuroscience & Behaviour

    The study of the interaction between physical activity and the nervous system

Steve Bray
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Professor, Associate Chair Undergraduate Program
Ivor Wynne Centre, Room E205
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My research examines social-cognitive factors that influence and are influenced by participation in physical activity. Current interests include self-perceptions such as self-efficacy, perceived control, self-regulation, and self-determination. I also investigate people’s perceptions about influential others who interact with them (proxy agents) in their pursuit of behavioural objectives. Understanding relationships between these perceptions and behaviour involves laboratory and field-based research. Challenges faced by people navigating life transitions such as moving away from home to attend college or university, rehabilitating from illness, and becoming a parent are of particular interest.

Self-regulation of exercise; Self-efficacy and Self-control; Fatigue; Behaviour Change

Undergraduate

Course Code
  Course Name
KINESIOL 4H03   P A Behaviour Change

Graduate

Course Code
  Course Name
KIN 715   Foundations of Health & Exercise Psychology

Brown, D. M. Y., & Bray. S. R. (2017). Effects of mental fatigue on physical endurance performance and muscle activation are attenuated by monetary incentives Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 39, 385-396 .

Brown, D. M. Y., & Bray. S. R. (2017). Graded increases in cognitive control exertion reveal a threshold effect on subsequent physical performance. Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, 6, 355-369.

Graham, J. D., Martin Ginis, K. A., & Bray, S. R. (2017). Exertion of self-control increases fatigue, reduces task self-efficacy, and impairs performance of resistance exercise. Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, 6, 70-88.

Zering, J. C., Brown, D. M. Y., Graham, J. D., & Bray, S. R. (2017). Cognitive control exertion leads to reductions in peak power output and VO2peak as well as increased perceived exertion on a graded exercise test to exhaustion. Journal of Sports Sciences, 18, 1799-1807.

Saville, P. D., & Bray, S. R. (2016). Athletes’ perceptions of coaching behavior, relation-inferred self-efficacy (RISE), and self-efficacy in youth sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 28, 1-13.

Graham, J. D., & Bray, S. R. (2015). Self-control strength depletion reduces self-efficacy and impairs exercise performance. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 37, 477-488.

Bray, S. R., Graham, J. D., & Saville, P. D. (2014). Self-control training increases maximal cardiovascular exercise performance. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33, 534-543.

Brown, D., & Bray. S. R. (2014). Isometric exercise and cognitive function: An investigation of acute dose-response effects. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33, 487-497.

Graham, J. D., Sonne, M. W. & Bray, S. R. (2014). It wears me out just imagining it! Imagery of an effortful physical task causes muscle fatigue and leads to diminished physical endurance performance. Biological Psychology, 103, 1-6.p

Saville, P. D., Bray, S. R., Martin Ginis, K. A., Cairney, J, Marinoff-Shupe, D., Pettit, A. (2014). Sources of self-efficacy and coach/instructor behaviors underlying relation-inferred self-efficacy (RISE) in recreational youth sport. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 36, 146-156.

Brown, D., Bray, S. R., Beattie, K., & Kwan, M. Y. W. (2014). Healthy Active Living: A residence community-based intervention to increase physical activity and healthy eating during the transition to first-year university. Journal of American College Health, 62, 234-242.

Graham, J. D., Bray, S. R., & Martin Ginis, K. A. (2014). “Pay the Piper”: It helps initially but motivation takes a toll on self-control. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 15, 89-96.

Bray, S. R., Graham, J. D., Martin Ginis, K. A., & Hicks, A. L. (2012). Cognitive task performance causes impaired maximum force production in human hand flexor muscles. Biological Psychology, 89, 195-200.

Martin Ginis, K. A., Strong, H., Arent, S., & Bray, S. R. (2012). The effects of threatened social evaluation of the Physique on Cortisol Activity. Psychology and Health, 27, 990-1007.

McEwan, D., Martin Ginis, K. A., & Bray, S. R. (2012). “With the Game on His Stick”: The home (Dis)Advantage in National Hockey League shootouts. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13, 578-581.

Degree Name
MSc Ashley FLEMINGTON
Kira INNES
 
PhD Denver BROWN
Sheereen HARRIS
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