Choice and Ego-Depletion: The Moderating Role of Autonomy

  title={Choice and Ego-Depletion: The Moderating Role of Autonomy},
  author={Arlen C. Moller and Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1024 - 1036}
The self-regulatory strength model maintains that all acts of self-regulation, self-control, and choice result in a state of fatigue called ego-depletion. Self-determination theory differentiates between autonomous regulation and controlled regulation. Because making decisions represents one instance of self-regulation, the authors also differentiate between autonomous choice and controlled choice. Three experiments support the hypothesis that whereas conditions representing controlled choice… 
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