Journal article

Strength in cognitive self-regulation

Ayla Barutchu, Olivia Carter, Robert Hester, Neil Levy

FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2013

Abstract

Failures in self-regulation are predictive of adverse cognitive, academic and vocational outcomes, yet the interplay between cognition and self-regulation failure remains elusive. Two experiments tested the hypothesis that lapses in self-regulation, as predicted by the strength model, can be induced in individuals using cognitive paradigms and whether such failures are related to cognitive performance. In Experiments 1, the stop-signal task (SST) was used to show reduced behavioral inhibition after performance of a cognitively demanding arithmetic task, but only in people with low arithmetic accuracy, when compared with SST performance following a simple discrimination task. Surprisingly, an..

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