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OPEN ACCESS 1 Ego Depletion After Social Interference

By Alex Bertrams and Sabine Pahl


Copyright © 2014 Alex Bertrams, Sabine Pahl. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. In accordance of the Creative Commons Attribution License all Copyrights © 2014 are reserved for SCIRP and the owner of the intellectual property Alex Bertrams, Sabine Pahl. All Copyright © 2014 are guarded by law and by SCIRP as a guardian. The present study examines whether social interference (i.e., interference with one’s goal attainment by the bodily presence of others) depletes the limited resource of self-control strength. In an experimental laboratory study (N = 34), half the participants experienced social interference whereas the other half did not experience social interference by two confederates during a dexterity task. Afterwards, we measured participants ’ momentary self-control strength applying a Stroop colour-naming task. In line with our pre-diction, participants ’ performance in the Stroop task indicated that social interference reduced self-control strength. We discuss implications for crowding research and crowding in natural settings

Topics: Crowding, Ego Depletion, Self-Control, Self-Regulation
Year: 2016
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