To "do the right thing" or to "just do it": locomotion and assessment as distinct self-regulatory imperatives.

  title={To "do the right thing" or to "just do it": locomotion and assessment as distinct self-regulatory imperatives.},
  author={Arie W. Kruglanski and Erik P. Thompson and Edward Tory Higgins and M. Nadir Atash and Antonio Pierro and James Y. Shah and Scott Spiegel},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={79 5},
An integrated series of studies investigated 2 functional dimensions of self-regulation referred to as assessment and locomotion (E. T. Higgins and A. W. Kruglanski, 1995). Assessment constitutes the comparative aspect of self-regulation that critically evaluates alternative goals or means to decide which are best to pursue and appraises performance. Locomotion constitutes the aspect of self-regulation concerned with movement from state to state, including commitment of psychological resources… 

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  • R. Ryan
  • Psychology
    Journal of personality
  • 1995
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