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Title: Inactivating the Active Self: Ego Depletion and the Implicit Association Test
Authors: Doubet, Christopher
Advisors: Woolfolk, Robert
Contributors: Comer, Ronald
Department: Psychology
Class Year: 2013
Abstract: This paper reviews current research regarding ego depletion, the prominent contemporary theory of self-control, and implicit association tests (IATs), a method of determining the strength of an individual’s automatic associations between implicit mental representations. While IATs are intended to be a pure measure of implicit associations, they are shown to be subject to the effects of many unintended factors. A new experiment is presented that tests the effect of ego depletion on IAT results. Although the experiment is inconclusive, several possible explanations and potential for further research are discussed.
Extent: 46 pages
Access Restrictions: Walk-in Access. This thesis can only be viewed on computer terminals at the Mudd Manuscript Library.
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Psychology, 1930-2016

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