Resisting Everything Except Temptation

  • Wurstküche 625 Lincoln Boulevard Venice, CA, 90291 United States

Eli Tsukayama, PhD

Abstract

Why does it appear that an individual can be self-controlled in one domain (e.g., work) but impulsive in another (e.g., food)? I propose and test a model that incorporates and explains both domain-general (some people are more self-controlled than others on average) and domain-specific (a person can be self-controlled in one domain but impulsive in another) differences in impulsive behavior. The model predicts that domain-general impulsivity is explained by domain-general self-control strategies and resources, whereas within-individual variation across domains is explained by subjective domain-specific appraisals of temptation and perceived harm.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Eli's research seeks to identify and understand individual differences (e.g., personality) that determine important life outcomes.