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The role of trait self-control, healthy eating habits and decentering ability in response conflict

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posted on 2022-01-06, 11:32 authored by James Rosenthal, Erik DietlErik Dietl
Self-control is essential to achieving many positive outcomes. However, most research concentrates on how self-control can fail through the conscious depletion of mental resources, rather than how it can succeed via less effortful strategies. The present study aimed to contribute to this literature, by hypothesising and testing whether trait self-control, healthy eating habits, and decentering ability decrease the response conflict one experiences. Response conflict was elicited using images of unhealthy food. We found that higher levels of trait self-control, healthier eating habits, and a more advanced decentering ability related to lower levels of response conflict. The constructs were especially important in reducing response conflict in participants that valued eating healthily and experienced a desire for unhealthy food. These data suggest that a lower response conflict may be key to successful self-control. We discuss theoretical and practical implications.

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School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Personality and Individual Differences

Volume

188

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Elsevier

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Personality and Individual Differences and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2021.111483

Acceptance date

2021-12-20

Publication date

2021-12-28

Copyright date

2022

ISSN

0191-8869

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Erik Dietl. Deposit date: 1 January 2022

Article number

111483

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