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7.12.2021. Final report of the FiDiPro-project can be found on AIMS

Jyväskylän yliopisto University of Jyväskylä Faculty of Sports and Health Sciences, increasing motivation for physical activity, IMpact

University of Jyväskylä

Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences

Behaviour Change, Health, and Well-Being across the Lifespan (BC-Well) webinar held on Friday May 5 2021 is available online. This profiling area is a joint effort between the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Education and Psychology. The webinar introduces the four thematic focus areas of BC-Well, with four keynote speakers (Martin Hagger, Joni Kettunen [no recording], Antonio Terracciano [beginning of the presantion video is missing], and Wolfgang Tschacher) who represent the international leading expertise in these research fields. Use access code (polkuavain) success to access the webinar


You are warmly welcome to the Self-Determination Theory symposium! Registration

Please see below for a program for the Self-Determination Theory symposium on 22.1.2021 between 12-16. Thank you to all the presenters who have agreed to give a presentation!

All presentations will be available online after 13.1.2020 so that you are able to watch them in advance of the symposium. During the symposium, presenters will briefly summarize their presentations, followed by a discussion.

1. Markus Arvaja and Pasi Mustonen – Discussion on applying self-determination theory in coaching of the national hockey team

2. Melina Puolamäki – Interaction styles among Finnish coaches and correspondence with athletes' ratings: A research proposal. A survey study exploring the current motivating styles of Finnish sports coaches and the correspondence between coaches' self-reports and athletes' ratings.

3. Taru Lintunen – topic related to the relatedness will be confirmed later

4. Arto Laukkanen – Construct validity and reliability of a new tool: Physical activity parenting questionnaire for young children.

5. Juho Polet – Predictors of school students’ leisure-time physical activity: An extended trans-contextual model using Bayesian path analysis.

6. Keegan Knittle – Compiling expert ratings to identify candidate techniques for self-managing basic psychological needs and regulatory styles.

7. Sami Määttä – Autonomous and controlled motivation in vocational education and training: Consequences for on-time graduation.

8. Matti Heino – We need to align analytical methods with the spirit of SDT: Implications for research practice

9. Kirsi Sjöblom – Flourishing in 21st century workplaces: How to support knowledge workers’ productivity and well-being in modern environments

You can register to symposium here latest 17.1.2021:

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28.8.2020 Motivation and behaviour change - IMPAct/PETALS seminar 14.8.2020

Access code = motivation

28.4.2020. The University of Jyväskylä Board decided the new  University’s profiling areas, i.e. the research areas that the University seeks to strengthen in order to implement its strategy. JyU proposes four multidisciplinary profiling areas defined on the basis of the focus areas of strategy and research. One of them is:  The behaviour change, physical activity, and well-being across the lifespan (BC-Well). The University is committed to these profiling areas and applies for funding for these, in total 13.6 million euros for the profiling period 2021–2026. In addition to the Academy of Finland’s funding, the University supports the profiling areas by directing funding for doctoral education and the development of research infrastructures. Director of the BC-Well profiling  area is professor Taru Lintunen and the co-directors are FiDiPro Martin S. Hagger, Professor Juha Holma (Faculty of Education and Psychology), and director Tiina Parviainen (Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research).

28.4.2020. Check out newest interviews of Taru Lintunen and Arto laukkanen in Media (in Finnish)


25.5.2019. IMPAct team Arto Laukkanen, Ilkka Vuori, Martin Hagger, and Taru Lintunen in the Conferment of Degrees at University of Jyväskylä – Promootio 2019.


23,5,2019 Richard Ryan inspecting the poster of IMPAct team

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4.2.2019. Taru Lintunen as commentator in Let's move it closing seminar


11.9.2018. Editor agreement signed  with Cambridge University Press. Coming out 2020:

Hagger, Cameron, Hamilton, Hankonen & Lintunen: Handbook of Behavior Change

11.5.2018. IMPAct team and the teacher educators of the Petals -project Marjo Rantalainen (left) and Ulla Sirviö-Hyttinen (right)

2.11.2017. IMPAct team attended the National Health Psychology Conference and Research Symposium Helsinki between 31.10-2.11.2017. Matti Heino presented models of behaviour change techniques for physical activity 

IMPAct visited Vertical Health Accelerator and mentored start-ups in motivational and behavioural challenges on 15.9.2017.

19.9.2017. Sports Institutute of Kisakallio has created health skills program in collaboration with IMPAct team

5.9.2017. Juho Polet lectured in Firstbeat webinar about goal setting and intrinsic motivation (in Finnish)

29.8-2.9.2017 Martin Hagger presented in EHPS 2017 in Padova

1.9.2017 IMPAct organized Motivation symposium in national conference of Sport Sciences. Taru Lintunen and Heidi Pasi-Turpiainen gave oral presentations.

10-14.7.2017. Martin Hagger was keynote speaker in ISSP world congress of sport psychology. Martin Hagger, Taru Lintunen and Juho Polet also kept oral presentations. IMPAct had it's own symposium.

24.5.2017. IMPAct released a blog post (in Finnish) concerning motivation and goal setting in the highly popular forum by "Muscle Doctor" Juha Hulmi

10.5.2017. Taru Lintunen threw a lecture on how to create a good working environment in Vertical Health Accelerator

9.5.2017. IMPAct team tested the electrocardiography provided by cardiolyse

13.4.2017. Finnish Ministy of Education and Culture finances our research project Using Physical Education to Promote out-of-School Physical Activity in Lower Secondary School Students: A Randomized Controlled Intervention Based on Behavioural Theory  between 2017 - 2019.

IMPAct - Increasing Motivation for Physical Activity is a collaborative multi-national research initiative funded by the Business Finland aimed at promoting motivation toward, and participation in, physical activity. The global objective of the project is to develop a new, innovative, motivational theoretical model of health behaviour, produce evidence-based materials to promote physical activity, and to develop a new measure of physical activity in group settings.

The project is led by Professor Martin S. Hagger and Professor Taru Lintunen. Research group consists of the experts in the fields of social and health sciences (health psychology, behavioural medicine, exercise psychology, physical activity, public health, and health promotion) and a consortium of partner organizations whose mission is to promote physical activity. The project headquarters is based in the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Current Research

Hagger, M., Cameron, L., Hamilton, K., Hankonen, N., & Lintunen, T. (Eds.). (2020). The Handbook of Behavior Change (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108677318

Schneider, J., Polet, J., Hassandra, M., Lintunen, T., Laukkanen, A., Hankonen, N., ... & Hagger, M. S. (2020). Testing a physical education-delivered autonomy supportive intervention to promote leisure-time physical activity in lower secondary school students: the PETALS trial. BMC public health, 20(1), 1-19.

Polet, J., Schneider, J., Hassandra, M., Lintunen, T., Laukkanen, A., Hankonen, N., Hirvensalo, M., Tammelin, T. H., Hamilton, K., & Hagger, M. S. (2021). Predictors of school students’ leisure-time physical activity : An extended trans-contextual model using Bayesian path analysis. PLoS ONE, 16(11), Article e0258829.


Teacher education material for autonomy supportive teaching. Link

Polet, J., Lintunen, T., Schneider, J., & Hagger, M. S. (2020). Predicting Change in Middle School Students’ Leisure-Time Physical Activity Participation: A Prospective Test of the Trans-Contextual Model. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Advance online publication.

Polet, J., Hassandra, M., Lintunen, T., Laukkanen, A., Hankonen, N., Hirvensalo, Tammelin, T & Hagger, MS (2019). Using Physical Education to Promote Out-of School Physical Activity in Lower Secondary School Students–A Randomized Controlled Trial Protocol. BMC Public Health,


Hagger, M. S., Polet, J., & Lintunen, T. (2018). The reasoned action approach applied to health behavior: Role of past behavior and tests of some key moderators using meta-analytic structural equation modeling. Social Science & Medicine, 213, 85-94.


Hagger, M. (manuscript). Imagery, Mental Simulations, and Mental Contrasting: A manual for Changing Behaviour. University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland.

Hagger, M. S., Chan, D. K. C., Protogerou, C., & Chatzisarantis, N. L. D. (2016). Using meta-analytic path analysis to test theoretical predictions in health behavior: An illustration based on meta-analyses of the theory of planned behavior. Preventive Medicine, 89, 154-161. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.05.020

Hagger, M. S. (2017). Health behaviour and the reflective-impulsive model. In R. Deutsch, B. Gawronski & W. Hoffman (Eds.), Reflective and Impulsive Determinants of Human Behavior (pp. 157-172). New York: Routledge.

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