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J Soc Psychol. 2012 Jan-Feb;152(1):61-74.

Hungry for love: the influence of self-regulation on infidelity.

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Monmouth University, Department of Psychology, 400 CedarAve., West Long Branch, NJ 07764, USA. nciarocc@monmouth.edu

Abstract

The current research examines the effect of self-regulation on the likelihood of committing infidelity. Thirty-two college students in exclusive romantic relationships interacted through a private chat room with an opposite-sex confederate. Prior to this interaction, a food-restriction task depleted half the participants of self-control. As predicted, depleted levels of self-regulation increased the likelihood of infidelity. Specifically, depleted participants were more likely to both accept a coffee date from and supply a personal telephone number to the confederate than non-depleted participants. Weakened self-control may be one potential cause for the levels of infidelity occurring in romantic partnerships today.

PMID:
22308761
DOI:
10.1080/00224545.2011.555435
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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