Reference : The impact of self-control cues on subsequent monetary risk-taking.
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Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Treatment & clinical psychology
The impact of self-control cues on subsequent monetary risk-taking.
Brevers, Damien mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE)]
Foucart, Jennifer [> >]
Turel, Ofir [> >]
Bertrand, Anais [> >]
Alaerts, Mikael [> >]
Verbanck, Paul [> >]
Kornreich, Charles [> >]
Bechara, Antoine [> >]
Journal of behavioral addictions
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[en] Activities of Daily Living ; Adult ; Cues ; Female ; Humans ; Male ; Personality/physiology ; Reward ; Risk-Taking ; Self-Control ; Young Adult ; ego-depletion ; gambling ; process-model ; self-control ; strength-model
[en] BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The "process-model" of self-control proposes that the ego-depletion effect is better explained by a switch between interest in "have-to" labor and cognitive "want-to" leisure, rather than being mainly due to a decrease in cognitive resources, as advanced by the "strength-model" of self-control. However, it is currently difficult to disentangle the "process-model" from the "strength-model" of self-control. Here, we employed a stepwise approach, featuring three studies, for testing the process model of self-control. METHODS: In Study 1, we created a list of 30 self-control events for characterizing "have-to" conducts in the daily life. In Study 2, mental visualization of effortful self-control events ("have-to") and monetary risk-taking ("want-to") were employed for testing the strength-model of self-control. In Study 3, to test the process-model of self-control, participants were simply required to read self-control (or neutral) sentences. RESULTS: Study 1 provided evidence regarding external validly for the list of self-control events. Study 2 showed that mental visualization of effortful self-control events increases subsequent monetary risk-taking. Study 3 highlighted that the brief apparition of a self-control-related sentence was sufficient for increasing risk-taking. These patterns were evidenced in the trial with the less advantageous gain/loss ratio. DISCUSSION: Altogether these findings support the process-model of self-control in showing that triggering the semantic content of a "have-to" conduct, without its actual execution, is sufficient for modulating subsequent "want-to" activity. CONCLUSION: These findings could contribute to advancing current knowledge on how the high availability of ready-to-consume rewards in modern environments is redefining humans' self-control ability.

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