Regulatory accessibility and social influences on state self-control.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The current work examined how social factors influence self-control. Current conceptions of state self-control treat it largely as a function of regulatory capacity. The authors propose that state self-control might also be influenced by social factors because of regulatory accessibility. Studies 1 through 4 provide evidence that individuals' state self-control is influenced by the trait and state self-control of salient others such that thinking of others with good trait or state self-control leads to increases in state self-control and thinking of others with bad trait or state self-control leads to decreases in state self-control. Study 5 provides evidence that the salience of significant others influences both regulatory accessibility and state self-control. Combined, these studies suggest that the effects of social influences on state self-control occur through multiple mechanisms.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • vanDellen, MR; Hoyle, RH

Published Date

  • February 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 251 - 263

PubMed ID

  • 20008967

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3664398

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-7433

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0146-1672

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0146167209356302


  • eng