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What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

Title: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: Uncertainty Depletes Self-Control Resources.
Name(s): Alquist, Jessica L., author
Baumeister, Roy F., professor directing thesis
Tice, Dianne M., committee member
Cougle, Jesse, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Three studies provide evidence that feeling uncertain impairs subsequent self-control. Participants were randomly assigned to either uncertain conditions (uncertain about how to complete a task; not knowing whether they would have to give a speech later) or control conditions (clear how to complete a task; definitely will or will not have to give a speech). Uncertainty caused poor performance measures of self-control unrelated to the uncertainty manipulation. Uncertainty impaired self-control even more than certainty of negative outcome (definitely will have to make speech). Findings suggest that coping with uncertainty depletes mental energy.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0181 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2010.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: October 4, 2010.
Keywords: Self-control, Self-regulation, Uncertainty
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Roy F. Baumeister, Professor Directing Thesis; Dianne M. Tice, Committee Member; Jesse Cougle, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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