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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2016, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (11): 1811-1818.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.01811

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Regulatory fit in the field of sport behavior

MIAO Xiuying; CHI Lizhong   

  1. (Sport Psychology Section, Dept. of Sports Kinetics, Beijing Sport University, Beijing 100084, China)
  • Received:2016-01-22 Online:2016-11-15 Published:2016-11-15
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Regulatory fit theory proposes that individuals prefer behavior strategies that are consistent with their orientations (regulatory fit), which could lead to better performance. This paper reviewed previous studies of regulatory fit in research on sport behavior, and found that regulatory fit would promote many sport behaviors such as sport performance, sport decision-making, and exercise participation. Moreover, three suggestions should be clarified in future research: (a) expanding the research contents on regulatory fit; (b)exploring the mechanism of regulatory fit; (c) refining the research methods on regulatory fit.

Key words: regulatory fit, regulatory focus, sports performance, sport decision-making, exercise behavior