Article

Depletion Influences Restraint, But Does It Influence Conflict Identification? Expanding on Osgood and Muraven (2015)

Citation

Myrseth KOR & Wollbrant C (2015) Depletion Influences Restraint, But Does It Influence Conflict Identification? Expanding on Osgood and Muraven (2015). Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 37 (5), pp. 292-293. https://doi.org/10.1080/01973533.2015.1071708

Abstract
In their 2015 article, Osgood and Muraven showed that cognitive depletion reduces prosocial behaviors but not prosocial attitudes. We expand on the authors’ interpretation by relating their results to recent theorizing on the relationship between prosocial behavior and self-control. This framework distinguishes between the proclivity to identify self-control conflict and the capacity to exercise restraint. Osgood and Muraven’s findings can be interpreted as evidence that cognitive depletion in social contexts fails to influence a necessary condition for identifying self-control conflict. However, the results do not yet allow us to conclude that depletion influences capacity to exercise restraint. Further work is needed to understand the mechanisms by which cognitive depletion influences prosocial behavior.

Keywords
Applied Psychology; Social Psychology

Journal
Basic and Applied Social Psychology: Volume 37, Issue 5

StatusPublished
FundersSwedish Research Council
Publication date31/12/2015
Publication date online31/08/2015
Date accepted by journal18/08/2015
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/28888
PublisherInforma UK Limited
ISSN0197-3533
eISSN1532-4834