The physiology of willpower: linking blood glucose to self-control.

  title={The physiology of willpower: linking blood glucose to self-control.},
  author={Matthew T. Gailliot and Roy F. Baumeister},
  journal={Personality and social psychology review : an official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc},
  volume={11 4},
Past research indicates that self-control relies on some sort of limited energy source. This review suggests that blood glucose is one important part of the energy source of self-control. Acts of self-control deplete relatively large amounts of glucose. Self-control failures are more likely when glucose is low or cannot be mobilized effectively to the brain (i.e., when insulin is low or insensitive). Restoring glucose to a sufficient level typically improves self-control. Numerous self-control… CONTINUE READING
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