Mechanisms of Self-Control Failure: Motivation and Limited Resources

  title={Mechanisms of Self-Control Failure: Motivation and Limited Resources},
  author={Mark Muraven and Elisaveta Slessareva},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={894 - 906}
Research has found that individuals who are lower in self-control strength because of previous self-control exertions perform more poorly on subsequent tests of self-control. The present studies suggest that this effect may be moderated by motivation. In particular, depletion and motivation jointly determine self-control performance. Individuals who were depleted and believed that the task would help others (Experiment 1) or believed that their efforts could benefit them (Experiment 2… 

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