The expression of ego-depletion: Thin slices of nonverbal behavior as cues to momentary self control capacity

Furley, Philip; Kohlhaas, Sebastian; Englert, Chris; Nieuwenhuys, Arne; Bertrams, Alex (2019). The expression of ego-depletion: Thin slices of nonverbal behavior as cues to momentary self control capacity. Social Psychology, 50(5-6), pp. 305-321. Hogrefe & Huber 10.1027/1864-9335/a000370

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Is depleted self-control capacity detectable from thin slices of behavior? In four video-conditions (early-depleted; early-non-depleted; late-depleted; late-non-depleted) untrained observers rated target persons’ available self-control capacity in Experiments 1 and 2 (without sound) and in terms of fatigue and negative affect (Experiment 3). Videos were analyzed with Noldus FaceReader software (Experiment 4). Ego depletion could reliably be detected from thin slices of behavior. Nonverbal expressions coinciding with ego depletion are associated with cues signaling momentary levels of self-control capacity, fatigue, and some negative affective states. FaceReader analyses indicated that facial expressions coinciding with ego depletion are subtle and are extractable from facial dynamics rather than expression intensities. Results indicate that self-control depletion might not only have intrapersonal effects, but also interpersonal effects.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Englert, Christoph and Bertrams, Alexander Gregor

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1864-9335

Publisher:

Hogrefe & Huber

Language:

English

Submitter:

Alexander Gregor Bertrams-Pencik

Date Deposited:

04 Dec 2019 12:31

Last Modified:

08 Dec 2019 02:33

Publisher DOI:

10.1027/1864-9335/a000370

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/122965

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