Motivated misperception: Self-regulatory resources affect goal appraisals


Journal Article

Three studies examine how self-regulatory resources affect goal appraisals, finding support for the hypothesis that when low in self-regulatory resources, individuals endorse statements that rationalize either inaction or less effortful goal pursuit. Study 1 examines appraisals of self-set personal goals, finding that resource-depleted participants describe their goals as less urgent and less consequential. Study 2 examines reappraisals of weight loss goals, replicating the effects of Study 1. Finally, Study 3 examines this reappraisal process in the context of a broader societal goal of environmental conservation. This work contributes a new perspective to the large literature on resource depletion by demonstrating that depletion alters cognition in ways that may excuse the well-documented decrease in behavioral pursuit that arises from resource depletion. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • vanDellen, MR; Shea, CT; Davisson, EK; Koval, CZ; Fitzsimons, GM

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 53 /

Start / End Page

  • 118 - 124

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-0465

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1031

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jesp.2014.03.007

Citation Source

  • Scopus