Overview of Research Program
Motivational and self-regulatory determinants of health-related behaviors such as physical activity, healthy eating, nature immersion and contemplative practices.
The association of physical activity and physical fitness with mental health, with an emphasis on determinants and mechanisms underlying depressive symptomatology
Behavior change interventions with an impact on health and well-being, focusing on physical activity, eating behaviour, weight management, and nature-related behaviors.
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?
Jorge Encantado provides training to CIPER's Researchers on Systematic Reviews
CIPER-SR researcher, Jorge Encantado Ph.D., presented in the CIPER Researchers' weekly meeting "An Introduction to Systematic Reviews". The presentation's goal was to provide students and researchers alike the fundamental knowledge regarding the procedures of a Systematic Review, the most critical steps, international guidelines, and some pitfalls that may occur during this long-term endeavour. A slide deck is available HERE.
Philipp Kadel at CIPER-SR research group
Psychologist Philipp Kadel, from the University of Mannheim, presented at CIPER Researchers' weekly meeting, a talk titled “The Planet's Health is Our Health - Psychological Perspectives on One-Health and Its Promotion”. It described the relevance of studying sustainable behaviours both for individual and environmental benefit (slide deck is available HERE). Philipp is an active member of the Psychology Coalition at the United Nations and the UN committee of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Palmeira, A. L., Sánchez-Oliva, D., Encantado, J., Marques, M. M., Santos, I., Duarte, C., Matos, M., Larsen, S. C., Horgan, G., Teixeira, P. J., Heitmann, B. L. & Stubbs, R. J. (2022). Motivational and self-efficacy reciprocal effects during a 12-month' weight regain prevention program. British Journal of Health Psychology, 00, 1– 13. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12635
Encantado J, Palmeira AL, Silva C, Palmeira, A. L., Sniehotta F. F., Stubbs, R. J., Gouveia, M. J., Teixeira, P. J., Heitmann, B. L. & Marques, M. M. (2022). What goes on in digital behaviour change interventions for weight loss maintenance targeting physical activity: A scoping review. DIGITAL HEALTH. 2022;8. doi:10.1177/20552076221129089
Encantado J., Marques, M. M., Gouveia M. L., Santos, I., Sanchez-Oliva, D., O'Driscoll, R., Turicchi, J., Larsen, S. C., Horgan, G., Teixeira, P. J., Stubbs, J., Heitmann, B. L., Palmeira, A. L. (2022). Testing motivational and self-regulatory mechanisms of action on device-measured physical activity in the context of a weight loss maintenance digital intervention: A secondary analysis of the NoHoW trial. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 64, 102314, ISSN 1469-0292, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2022.102314.
Bellicha, A., van Baak, M. A., Battista, F., Beaulieu, K., Blundell, J. E., Busetto, L., Carraça, E. V., Dicker, D., Encantado, J., Ermolao, A., Farpour-Lambert, N., Pramono, A., Woodward, E., & Oppert, J.-M. (2021). Effect of exercise training on weight loss, body composition changes, and weight maintenance in adults with overweight or obesity: An overview of 12 systematic reviews and 149 studies. Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, e13256. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/obr.13256
Teixeira, P. J., Marques, M. M., Silva, M. N., Brunet, J., Duda, J. L., Haerens, L., La Guardia, J., Lindwall, M., Lonsdale, C., Markland, D., Michie, S., Moller, A. C., Ntoumanis, N., Patrick, H., Reeve, J., Ryan, R. M., . . . Hagger, M. S. (2020). A classification of motivation and behavior change techniques used in self-determination theory-based interventions in health contexts. Motivation Science, 6(4), 438–455. doi: 10.1037/mot0000172