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The ego could be depleted, providing initial exertion is depleting : A preregistered experiment of the ego depletion effect

Dang, Junhua LU ; Liu, Ying; Liu, Xiaoping and Mao, Lihua (2017) In Social Psychology 48(4). p.242-245
Abstract

The ego depletion effect has been examined by over 300 independent studies during the past two decades. Despite its pervasive influence, recently this effect has been severely challenged and asserted to be a fake. Based on an up-to-date meta-analysis that examined the effectiveness of each frequently used depleting task, we preregistered the current experiment with the aim to examine whether there would be an ego depletion effect when the Stroop task is used as the depleting task. The results demonstrated a significant ego depletion effect. The current research highlights the importance of the depleting task’s effectiveness. That is to say, the “ego” could be “depleted,” but only when initial exertion is “depleting.”

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Ego depletion, Preregistration, Self-control
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Social Psychology
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48
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4
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4 pages
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Hogrefe & Huber Publishers
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  • scopus:85028940326
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1864-9335
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10.1027/1864-9335/a000308
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English
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  author       = {Dang, Junhua and Liu, Ying and Liu, Xiaoping and Mao, Lihua},
  issn         = {1864-9335},
  keyword      = {Ego depletion,Preregistration,Self-control},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {08},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {242--245},
  publisher    = {Hogrefe & Huber Publishers},
  series       = {Social Psychology},
  title        = {The ego could be depleted, providing initial exertion is depleting : A preregistered experiment of the ego depletion effect},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/1864-9335/a000308},
  volume       = {48},
  year         = {2017},
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