Improving self-control by practicing logical reasoning

Bertrams, Alex; Schmeichel, Brandon J. (2014). Improving self-control by practicing logical reasoning. Self and Identity, 13(4), pp. 419-431. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/15298868.2013.836562

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We tested the hypothesis that practicing logical reasoning can improve self-control. In an experimental training study (N = 49 undergraduates), for one week participants engaged in daily mental exercises with or without the requirement to practice logical reasoning. Participants in the logic group showed improvements in self-control, as revealed by anagram performance after a depleting self-control task. The benefits of the intervention were short-lived; participants in the two groups performed similarly just one week after the intervention had ended. We discuss the findings with respect to the strength model of self-control and consider possible benefits of regular cognitive challenges in education.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Bertrams, Alexander Gregor


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology




Taylor & Francis




Noemi Martina Casola

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25 Mar 2015 09:14

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10 Jul 2017 16:31

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