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Behav Brain Sci. 2013 Dec;36(6):683-4; discussion 707-26. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X13000952.

Is ego depletion too incredible? Evidence for the overestimation of the depletion effect.

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Department of Psychology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33124-0751. mikem@miami.edu evan.c.carter@gmail.com.

Abstract

The depletion effect, a decreased capacity for self-control following previous acts of self-control, is thought to result from a lack of necessary psychological/physical resources (i.e., "ego depletion"). Kurzban et al. present an alternative explanation for depletion; but based on statistical techniques that evaluate and adjust for publication bias, we question whether depletion is a real phenomenon in need of explanation.

PMID:
24304780
DOI:
10.1017/S0140525X13000952
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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