Do we really need a central governor to explain brain regulation of exercise performance?

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DOI: 10.1007/s00421-008-0818-3

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Marcora, S.M. Eur J Appl Physiol (2008) 104: 929. doi:10.1007/s00421-008-0818-3


In this paper two different models of brain regulation of exercise performance are critically compared: the central governor model proposed by Noakes and colleagues, and an alternative psycholobiological model based on motivational intensity theory.


Perception of effort Exercise performance Brain Central governor Motivation Psychobiology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Sport, Health and Exercise SciencesBangor UniversityBangorUK

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