Ego depletion: is the active self a limited resource?

@article{Baumeister1998EgoDI,
  title={Ego depletion: is the active self a limited resource?},
  author={Roy F. Baumeister and Ellen Bratslavsky and Mark Muraven and Dianne M. Tice},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1998},
  volume={74 5},
  pages={
          1252-65
        }
}
Choice, active response, self-regulation, and other volition may all draw on a common inner resource. In Experiment 1, people who forced themselves to eat radishes instead of tempting chocolates subsequently quit faster on unsolvable puzzles than people who had not had to exert self-control over eating. In Experiment 2, making a meaningful personal choice to perform attitude-relevant behavior caused a similar decrement in persistence. In Experiment 3, suppressing emotion led to a subsequent… 

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