The role of implicit affective responses and trait self-control in ego resource management

Jacek Buczny , Rebekah L. Layton , Mark Muraven


Exertion of self-control requires reliance on ego resources. Impaired performance typically results once those resources have been depleted by previous use. Yet the mechanism behind the depletion processes is little understood. Beliefs, motivation, and physiological changes have been implicated, yet the source behind these remains unknown. We propose that implicit may form the fundamental building blocks that these processes rely upon to operate. Implicit affective responses to energy may trigger management of ego resources after depletion. Findings suggest that inhibitory trait self-control may interact with the depletion effect, indicating the importance of taking individual differences in chronic availability of ego-resources into account. After depletion, individuals high in trait self-control may be less motivated to conserve remaining resources than those low in self-control. This mechanism may also help explain the conservation of resources observed when expecting multiple tasks requiring self-control.
Author Jacek Buczny (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Jacek Buczny,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
, Rebekah L. Layton
Rebekah L. Layton,,
, Mark Muraven
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Journal seriesMotivation and Emotion, ISSN 0146-7239, (A 25 pkt)
Issue year2015
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishSelf-control, Depletion, Resource conservation, Affect
ASJC Classification3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology; 3207 Social Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2015 = 1.255; WoS Impact Factor: 2015 = 1.612 (2) - 2015=2.361 (5)
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