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Relationships between facial temperature changes, end-exercise affect and during-exercise changes in affect : A preliminary study
European Journal of Sport Science, Vol.14, DOI:10.1080/17461391.2014.948077

par   Fabien Legrand , William BERTUCCI , Ahlem ARFAOUI

Résumé :

The present study was performed as an evaluation of the relationships between changes in facial temperature and self-reported pleasure–displeasure during an acute aerobic exercise bout. Ninety-two students performed a 10-minute long session of cycle ergometry at 80–85% of age-predicted maximal heart rate. Using infrared thermography and a single-item measure of pleasure–displeasure (the Feeling Scale, FS), facial temperature and the FS score were sampled at the beginning (Min1:00) and at the end of the exercise session (Min9:00). Statistical analyses revealed that cheek (but not forehead) temperature was higher at the end of the exercise bout compared to Min1:00 (it increased by about 5%). Change in cheek temperature was negatively related to end-exercise affect (β = −0.28, P < 0.001) and to during-exercise affective changes (β = −0.35, P < 0.001). No significant relationship with forehead temperature was found. Some of the possible reasons for this differential effect as well as theoretical and practical implications of our findings are discussed.


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