Ego-depletion or invigoration in solving the tower of Hanoi? Action orientation helps overcome planning deficits

Autor(en): Kazen, Miguel
Kuhl, Julius 
Stichwörter: Action orientation; ACTIVATION; CAUSALITY; DEMANDING CONDITIONS; Ego-depletion; ENACTMENT; FACILITATION; INTENTIONS; MOTIVATION; PERFORMANCE; PSI theory; Psychology; Psychology, Multidisciplinary; SELF-CONTROL; Self-determination; Self-regulation; STATE ORIENTATION; Tower of Hanoi
Herausgeber: SPRINGER
Personality systems interaction (PSI) theory postulates two executive control modes: Self-control and self-regulation. Self-control, typical of state oriented persons, should result in ``ego depletion'' whereas self-regulation, typical of action oriented persons, should result in invigoration. State- and action-oriented participants performed the Plan-a-Day and the 5-disk Tower-of-Hanoi tasks. There were no differences between them on the first task, but action had better performance than state oriented in terms of number of moves and solution time on the second task, independently of differences in self-determination. Better performance in the Tower of Hanoi correlated positively with activation, and negatively with apathy. We conclude that whereas self-control is associated with depletion, self-regulation is associated with invigoration in performing the Tower of Hanoi task.
ISSN: 10461310
DOI: 10.1007/s12144-020-00770-9

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