A Loss of Self-Regulatory Resources Makes People More Passive

This research tested whether self-regulatory resources affect passivity. Study 1 showed that initially controlling one’s attention, as opposed to not controlling attention, increased passivity during a physical learning task. Study 2 also used an attention control manipulation but measured passivity by time spent watching a television that showed no picture. As predicted, controlling attention led to more passivity than not controlling attention. Study 3’s participants first suppressed emotional responses or responded naturally; then they built a structure with Lego blocks. Participants who earlier stifled emotional reactions used fewer blocks and were less creative, relative to those who responded naturally.



Citation:

Kathleen D Vohs and Matt Gailliot (2007) ,"A Loss of Self-Regulatory Resources Makes People More Passive", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 34, eds. Gavan Fitzsimons and Vicki Morwitz, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 485-486.

Authors

Kathleen D Vohs, University of Minnesota
Matt Gailliot, Florida State University



Volume

NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 34 | 2007



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