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dc.contributor.authorMolden, Daniel C.
dc.contributor.authorHui, Chin Ming
dc.contributor.authorScholer, Abigail A.
dc.contributor.authorMeier, Brian P.
dc.contributor.authorNoreen, Eric E.
dc.contributor.authorD’Agostino, Paul R.
dc.contributor.authorMartin, Valerie 17:53:11 (GMT) 17:53:11 (GMT)
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dc.description.abstractSelf-control is critical for achievement and well-being. However, people’s capacity for self-control is limited and becomes depleted through use. One prominent explanation for this depletion posits that self-control consumes energy through carbohydrate metabolization, which further suggests that ingesting carbohydrates improves self-control. Some evidence has supported this energy model, but because of its broad implications for efforts to improve self-control, we reevaluated the role of carbohydrates in self-control processes. In four experiments, we found that (a) exerting self-control did not increase carbohydrate metabolization, as assessed with highly precise measurements of blood glucose levels under carefully standardized conditions; (b) rinsing one’s mouth with, but not ingesting, carbohydrate solutions immediately bolstered self-control; and (c) carbohydrate rinsing did not increase blood glucose. These findings challenge metabolic explanations for the role of carbohydrates in self-control depletion; we therefore propose an alternative motivational model for these and other previously observed effects of carbohydrates on self-control.en
dc.publisherSage Publicationsen
dc.subjectRegulatory Focusen
dc.subjectDomain-Specific Risk-Takingen
dc.subjectMotivational Affordanceen
dc.titleMotivational Versus Metabolic Effects of Carbohydrates on Self-Controlen
dcterms.bibliographicCitationMolden, D. C., Hui, C. M., Scholer, A. A., Meier, B. P., Noreen, E. E., D’Agostino, P. R., & Martin, V. (2012). Motivational Versus Metabolic Effects of Carbohydrates on Self-Control. Psychological Science, 23(10), 1137–1144.
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Artsen

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