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The Effects of Mirrored Exercise Rooms on the Self-Concept of College Students: A Proposal of Research

16 November 2010


The American College of Sport Medicine (1997) suggests that all exercise classrooms should have mirrors to aid exercisers in improving their form and coordination, yet research indicates that mirrors can also produce negative psychological consequences. Mirrored exercise spaces can enhance social comparison, which then leads to either positive or negative self-evaluations (Lamarch, Gammage, & Strong, 2009). Consequently, the purpose of this study is to examine the influence of mirrored exercise environments on an individual's self-concept. The results can inform exercise leaders and physical educators as to the influence of mirrors on their students' psychological well-being.


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