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My research examines the factors that contribute to self-control success vs. self-control failure. I focus on the role of motivation, cognitive abstraction, and meta-cognition. In my research, I have shown that exposure to word versions of self-control-relevant stimuli (as compared to picture versions of the same stimuli) promotes processes that enhance self-control, such as evaluations and choices. I also examine the role of separate abilities to engage in concrete and abstract mental processes on self-control and other forms of self-regulation.
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