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Master of Science in Experimental Psychology (M.S.)
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Thesis (open access)
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Department of Psychology
Jessica J. Brooks
Committee Member 1
Committee Member 2
Janie H. Wilson
Despite increased awareness of complications, the use and abuse of alcohol remains a problem in the United States. With regard to drinking, individuals encounter situations in which they must maintain a balance between temptation to drink and the need to regulate alcohol intake. Maintaining this balance requires the use of self-control. For this reason, lack of self-control has been implicated a potential influence on excessive alcohol consumption. The Strength Model of Self-Control (Baumeister, Vohs, & Tice, 2007) posits that self-control draws on a limited resource that becomes depleted following repeated use. The term “ego depletion” is used to refer to this temporary loss of self-control. The current study examined the effect of ego depletion on alcohol-related cognitions to determine if the strength of alcohol-related cognitions is affected by temporary loss of self-control, as well as if its effects can be gauged using an implicit measure of alcohol motivation. There was not a significant effect of ego depletion on implicit attitudes toward alcohol. Limitations and future directions are discussed.
Allen, Danielle B., "The Importance of Restraint in Gauging the Effects of Ego Depletion on Alcohol Motivation" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1263.