Publications [#252191] of Rick Hoyle
- vanDellen, MR; Hoyle, RH, Regulatory accessibility and social influences on state self-control.,
Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, vol. 36 no. 2
pp. 251-263, ISSN 0146-1672 [doi]
(last updated on 2019/12/08)
The current work examined how social factors influence self-control. Current conceptions of state self-control treat it largely as a function of regulatory capacity. The authors propose that state self-control might also be influenced by social factors because of regulatory accessibility. Studies 1 through 4 provide evidence that individuals' state self-control is influenced by the trait and state self-control of salient others such that thinking of others with good trait or state self-control leads to increases in state self-control and thinking of others with bad trait or state self-control leads to decreases in state self-control. Study 5 provides evidence that the salience of significant others influences both regulatory accessibility and state self-control. Combined, these studies suggest that the effects of social influences on state self-control occur through multiple mechanisms.