Testing the validity of the attention control video: An eye-tracking approach

Englert, Chris; Koroma, Dennis; Bertrams, Alex; Martarelli, Corinna S. (2019). Testing the validity of the attention control video: An eye-tracking approach. PLoS ONE, 14(1), e0211181. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0211181

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The attention control video has been frequently applied to test the ego depletion effect. However, its validity has never been tested, a shortcoming we address in this preregistered study. In the first task, self-control strength was temporarily depleted in the depletion condition (n = 56) but remained intact in the control condition (n = 56). The attention control video served as the secondary task, and we assumed that the depletion condition would perform significantly worse compared to the control condition. Attention regulation was measured with an eye-tracking device. The results revealed that the gaze behavior in the two conditions differed statistically significantly; however, the actual difference was small, indicating that the attention control video may not be an optimal measure of self-control.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > Educational Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Psychological and Behavioral Health
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology

UniBE Contributor:

Englert, Christoph; Koroma, Dennis; Bertrams, Alexander Gregor and Martarelli, Corinna

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1932-6203

Publisher:

Public Library of Science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christoph Englert

Date Deposited:

12 Mar 2019 14:36

Last Modified:

17 Mar 2019 02:38

Publisher DOI:

10.1371/journal.pone.0211181

PubMed ID:

30668604

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.126408

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/126408

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