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Prof. Dr. Ralf Brand

Prof. Dr. habil. Ralf Brand

Research Chair


Campus I:
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam



consulting hours
By email arrangement

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Research focus

  • Exercise behavior change
  • Affective exercise experiences (past and present pleasant/unpleasant feelings related to physical activity and exercise)
  • "Learning to like exercise" in school physical education
  • Quality management in sport psychology services for elite athletes and coaches


Selected publications

Health behavior change

  • Brand, R., & Ekkekakis, P. (2021). Exercise behavior change revisited: Affective-reflective theory. In Z. Zenko & L. Jones (Eds.), Essentials of exercise and sport psychology: An open access textbook (pp. 62-92). Hayward, CA: Society for Transparency, Openness, and Replication in Kinesiology.
  • Timme, S. & Brand, R. (2020). Affect and exertion during incremental physical exercise: Examining changes using automated facial action analysis and experiential self-report. PLoS ONE, 15(2): e0228739.
  • Timme, S. & Brand, R. (2024; online first 2023). Exercise as the sum of our choices between behavioral alternatives: The Decisional Preferences in Exercising (DPEX) test. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 70, 102509.
  • Timme, S., Brand, R., & Schinkoeth, M. (2023). Exercise or not? An empirical illustration of the role of behavioral alternatives in exercise motivation and resulting theoretical considerations. Frontiers in Psychology, 14:1049356.
  • Ekkekakis, P. & Brand, R. (2019).  Affective responses to and automatic affective valuations of physical activity: Fifty years of progress on the seminal question in exercise psychology. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 42, 130-137.

Practical sports psychology

  • Thomas, N., Benthien, O., & Brand, R. (2022). Sport mit Perspektive. Wie gewinnt man Talente für den Leistungssport? Ein Leitfaden für Spitzensportverbände und begleitende Sportpsychologie-Expertinnen und Experten zur Ausrichtung von Zukunftswerkstätten. Bonn: Bundesinstitut für Sportwissenschaft. [epub]
  • Benthien, O., Thomas, N., & Brand, R. (2022). Sportpsychologisch unterstützte Talententwicklung im Leistungssport. Ein Leitfaden für die Praxis in Sportverbänden. Bonn: Bundesinstitut für Sportwissenschaft. [epub]

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