This research group focuses on behavioral and psychosocial aspects of physical activity and exercise, nutrition and eating behavior, and obesity/weight control.

Self-Regulation  in  Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity

 

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Overview of Research Program

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Motivational and self-regulatory determinants of health-related behaviors such as physical activity, healthy eating, nature immersion and contemplative practices.

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The association of physical activity and physical fitness with mental health, with an emphasis on determinants and mechanisms underlying depressive symptomatology

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Behavior change interventions with an impact on health and well-being, focusing on physical activity, eating behaviour, weight management, and nature-related behaviors.

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The experience of alternative states of consciousness and the adoption and regulation of behaviors such as physical activity, eating, nature immersion, and contemplative practices.

 
 

Symposium ISBNPA 2022 Psychedelics and Health Behavior Change

Get To Know Senior Researcher Pedro Teixeira

 

INSIGHT 2021: Can Psychedelics Improve Diet, Exercise, Meditation, and Weight Control?

News

21 / 11 / 2022

New article from the NoHow project (Horizon 2020) published in the British Journal of Health Psychology

Several CIPER-SR researchers were involved in the article "Motivational and Self-efficacy Reciprocal Effects During a 12-Month' Weight Regain Prevention Program" published in the British Journal of Health Psychology (Impact Factor 2021: 8.101). As part of the NoHoW Project, it presents latent growth models and cross-lagged analysis to identify longitudinal predictors of long-term weight change. 

New article from the NoHow project (Horizon 2020) published in the British Journal of Health Psychology
09 / 11 / 2022

Pedro Teixeira presented an evidence synthesis on the association between psychedelic use and health behaviour change

At the inaugural conference of the Portuguese Society for Lifestyle Medicine, Pedro Teixeira, CIPER Self-Regulation research group director, reviewed the available evidence suggesting the potential future use of psychedelic-assisted therapies to facilitate health behaviour change, including healthy eating and physical activity. The slide deck is available HERE.

Pedro Teixeira presented an evidence synthesis on the association between psychedelic use and health behaviour change
29 / 08 / 2022

CIPER-SR at the 26th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society

Our research team was represented at the annual congress of the European Health Psychology Society (August 23-27) by researcher Jorge Encantado. Two posters were presented, one to disseminate preliminary descriptive findings of a systematic review on the effects of psychedelic experiences in naturalistic settings; the other presented results of a survey about the attitudes and beliefs of Portuguese mental health professionals towards psilocybin-assisted therapy.

CIPER-SR at the 26th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society
14 / 07 / 2022

New world map of psychedelic science with CIPER-FMH’s Participation

As part of a collaborative effort between Blossom Analysis, CIPER’ Self-regulation group, and The Synthesis Institute, a non-profit educational website was recently launched allowing users to quickly find planned / ongoing research projects in psychedelic science - as well as researchers, research groups and their publications - all over the world. The Atlas of Psychedelic Research may be a useful tool for current and prospective student / researchers, to funding agencies, to journalists, and to private organisations looking for academic partnerships.

 

New world map of psychedelic science with CIPER-FMH’s Participation
28 / 06 / 2022

FMH-CIPER was present at ISBNPA 2022: Psychedelics and Health Behavior Change

A dedicated symposium named “Psychedelics and Health Behavior Change", was presented by Pedro Teixeira, CIPER-SR Lead Researcher, and the external collaborators Arlen Moller and Otto Simonson at the annual ISBNPA meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America. This talk was based on the review article, “Psychedelics and health behaviour change”, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, and also covered the most recent research on the topic of Behavioural Psychedelics. The full video is available HERE.

 

 

FMH-CIPER was present at ISBNPA 2022: Psychedelics and Health Behavior Change
14 / 04 / 2022

Pedro Teixeira featured in the Psychedelic Medicine Podcast

Pedro Teixeira participated as a guest in the science dissemination podcast Psychedelic Medicine Podcast, hosted by Lynn Marie Morski. Pedro Teixeira discussed the most recent research in the field of "behavioural psychedelics", a new approach to studying the impact of psychedelic therapy on health behaviour change. The full podcast episode is available HERE.

Pedro Teixeira featured in the Psychedelic Medicine Podcast

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