Jul 6, 2022 | health and medicine

About this episode

Our daily lives involve periods fluctuating between physical activity and sedentary behaviour, but few studies have researched what motivates us to take on these states from one moment to another. Dr Matthew Stults-Kolehmainen at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Columbia University in the USA, has analysed research from a range of scientific fields to assess the role of urges, cravings, wants and desires on our motivation for physical activity, exercise and sedentarism. He has developed a model to explain how these factors interact, as well as a tool to measure the subjective feeling of these states.

Original Article Reference

This SciPod is a summary of the papers ‘Measurement of Motivation States for Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior: Development and Validation of the CRAVE Scale’, DOI:, and ‘Motivation States for Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior: Desire, Urge, Wanting, and Craving’, DOI:, both published in Frontiers in Psychology.

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