Investigating changes in body image as individual response to physical activity (iREACT)
This doctoral project is an integral part of the interdisciplinary Minigraduiertenkolleg ‘Individual Response to Physical Activity (iReAct)’, a large scale research collaboration between the departments of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Sports Science, and Sports Medicine, University of Tübingen - with additional technological support from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.
iReAct aims to find out how individuals react affectively and physiologically to physical activity interventions dependent on their health- and activity-related biographical experiences, their relationship to their own body, and their motivation to exercise. The expected results will contribute to the advancement of personalised health promotion and prevention strategies.
As part of the iReAct team, we aim to address the following questions:
What role does body image play with regard to individual’s physiological and affective responsiveness to different training interventions (i.e. moderate v.s. high intensity)?
Which individual characteristics significantly moderate body image’s dynamic response to physical activity (e.g. interoceptive abilities)?
Which physical activity-induced changes in bodily components are significant in the positive modulation of the body image?
Our goal is to understand the principles of Perception, Action and Learning in autonomous systems that successfully interact with complex environments and to use this understanding to design future systems