To "do the right thing" or to "just do it": locomotion and assessment as distinct self-regulatory imperatives.


Journal Article

An integrated series of studies investigated 2 functional dimensions of self-regulation referred to as assessment and locomotion (E. T. Higgins and A. W. Kruglanski, 1995). Assessment constitutes the comparative aspect of self-regulation that critically evaluates alternative goals or means to decide which are best to pursue and appraises performance. Locomotion constitutes the aspect of self-regulation concerned with movement from state to state, including commitment of psychological resources to initiate and maintain such movement. Two separate scales were developed to measure individual differences in these tendencies. Psychometric work attested to the scales' unidimensionality, internal consistency, and temporal stability. The authors found that (a) locomotion and assessment are relatively independent of each other, (b) both are needed for self-regulatory success, and (c) each relates to distinct task orientations and motivational emphases.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kruglanski, AW; Thompson, EP; Higgins, ET; Atash, MN; Pierro, A; Shah, JY; Spiegel, S

Published Date

  • November 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 79 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 793 - 815

PubMed ID

  • 11079242

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11079242

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-1315

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3514

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037//0022-3514.79.5.793


  • eng