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J Soc Psychol. 1999 Aug;139(4):446-57.

Longitudinal improvement of self-regulation through practice: building self-control strength through repeated exercise.

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Department of Psychology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106-7123, USA.

Abstract

This study examined the results of repeated exercises of self-control in relation to self-regulatory strength over time. A sample of 69 U.S. college students spent 2 weeks doing 1 of 3 self-control exercises: monitoring and improving posture, regulating mood, or monitoring and recording eating. Compared with a no-exercise control group, the participants who performed the self-control exercises showed significant improvement in self-regulatory capacity as measured by quitting faster on a hand-grip exercise task following a thought-suppression exercise.

PMID:
10457761
DOI:
10.1080/00224549909598404
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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