Michaela Schinköth
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Dr. Michaela Schinkoeth (Dipl. Psychologist)

Research affiliate

After my graduation at the University of Greifswald in 2015, I did my doctorate at the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (2016 to 2020). During my doctorate I was examining the impact of automatic affective processes on the decision for or against exercising. My empirical studies were closely related to the theoretical assumptions of the Automatic-reflective theory of physical inactivity and exercise (Brand & Ekkekakis, 2018). I was especially interested in investigating the automatic valuation of exercising, the underlying mechanisms of the affect-exercise behavior link and approaching the somato-affective core of automatic valuations of exercise via psychophysiological measures.

Currently I am the scientific coordinator of the Research focus cognitive science [https://www.uni-potsdam.de/de/cognitive-sciences/mitarbeiterinnen/wissenschaftliche-koordinatorin] at the University of Potsdam and the coordinator of the university’s corporate health management [https://www.uni-potsdam.de/de/gesundheitsmanagement/index].

Whenever possible I try to continue my research on the role of automatic associations and the affective valuation of exercise for exercise behavior. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work as a research affiliate with the team of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology.




Michaela Schinköth
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Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)

  • Schinkoeth, M. & Brand, R. (2020). Automatic associations and the affective valuation of exercise: disentangling the type-1 process of the affective–reflective theory of physical inactivity and exercise. German Journal of Exercise and Sport Research, 50, 366-376, doi: 10.1007/s12662-020-00664-9.
  • Schinkoeth, M., Weymar, M. & Brand, R. (2019). Listening to the heart. Getting closer to the somatic core of affective valuation of exercise through heart rate variability analysis. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 45:101541, doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.101541
  • Schinkoeth, M., & Antoniewicz, F. (2017). Automatic evaluations and exercising: Systematic review and implications for future research. Frontiers in psychology8, 2103. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02103

Grey Literature

  • Schinkoeth, M., Brand, R. & Antoniewicz, F. (2017). „Wie geht es Ihnen an der Universität Potsdam?“: Gesundheitsbezogenes Erleben der Arbeitssituation und Gesundheitsverhalten von Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern an der Universität Potsdam. Abschlussbericht für den Auftraggeber: Steuerkreis Gesundheit der Universität Potsdam. Potsdam: Universität Potsdam.

Contributions to Conferences

  • Schinkoeth, M. (2019). Die affektive Valuation von Sporttreiben und damit verbundene psychophysiologische Reaktionsmuster. Presentation at the 24th Sportwissenschaftlicher Hochschultag der Deutschen Vereinigung für Sportwissenschaften (DVS), Berlin, Germany.
  • Schinkoeth, M. & Brand, R. (2019). At the mere thought - Using psychophysiological measures to get closer to the somatic core of automatic valuations of exercise. Poster at the 15th European Congress of Sport & Exercise Psychology (FEPSAC), Münster, Germany.
  • Schinkoeth, M. & Antoniewicz, F.  (2018). Evaluatives Konditionieren verändert affektive Vorhersagen. Ein experimenteller Zugang zu automatischen affektiven Assoziationen als bisher unberücksichtigten Faktor sportbezogener affektiver Vorhersagen. Presentation at the 50th Jahrestagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sportpsychologie (asp), Cologne, Germany.
  • Antoniewicz, F. & Schinkoeth, M. (2017). Automatic evaluations and exercising: A systematic review. Presentation on the 50.th Conference of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), San Diego, USA.
  • Schinkoeth, M. (2016). Consequences of affective experiences with exercising: Associative learning while real-life exercising compared to associative learning while exercise-related evaluative conditioning. Presentation at the 20.th Forschungswerkstatt der Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Sportpsychologie (asp), Münster, Germany.
  • Brand, R., Antoniewicz, F. & Schinkoeth, M. (2016). "Actually, I planned to go the gym but then I didn't feel good about it": Explicit-implicit evaluation differences predict habitual exercise volumes. Presentation on the 49.th Conference of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), Montreal, Canada.



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