Ego depletion negatively affects knowledge retrieval in secondary school students

Englert, Chris; Bertrams, Alex (2017). Ego depletion negatively affects knowledge retrieval in secondary school students. Educational psychology, 37(9), pp. 1057-1066. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/01443410.2017.1313963

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In the present study, we tested the assumption that performance in a knowledge retrieval test would be lower in secondary school students with temporarily depleted self-control strength (n = 53) compared to secondary school students with temporarily available self-control strength (n = 56). After manipulating self-control strength, students were instructed to memorise the names and the functions of the human eye and to recall as many names and functions as possible following a one-min distraction task. The results supported our assumptions, as students with depleted self-control strength performed significantly worse in the knowledge retrieval task compared to students whose self-control strength had not been temporarily depleted. The results suggest that depleted self-control strength may negatively affect academic performance and hinder a successful academic career. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > Educational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Englert, Christoph and Bertrams, Alexander Gregor


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education




Taylor & Francis




Christoph Englert

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25 Apr 2018 09:14

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