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New and Surprising Developments in Self-Regulation Research Seminar

16:00 - 17:00
20 June 2011
School of Psychology, Room 3095, Shackleton Building (Building 44), University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Barbara Seiter on 02380 59 5578 or email .

Event details

Just when we thought we had worked out the main outlines of self-regulation theory, several new findings have emerged to challenge that picture.

This talk presents results from laboratory, longitudinal, and meta-analytic studies. High self-control may specialize less in resisting temptation than in avoiding it. Self-control is often highly effective but does grow weaker (ego depletion) as the day wears on. Ego depletion intensifies subjective desires and feelings, rather than just weakening powers of restraint. Similarity in trait self-control is not the best predictor of relationship satisfaction. Powerful leaders self-regulate task performance in unusual ways, sometimes performing better but sometimes worse than subordinates.

Speaker information

Roy F. Baumeister,Eppes Eminent Professor of Psychology, Florida State University

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