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Ten studies link hunger to reduced self-control. Higher levels of hunger-as assessed by self-report, time since last eating, or physiology-predicted reduced self-control, as indicated by increased racial prejudice, hypothetical sexual infidelity, passivity, accessibility of death thoughts and perceptions of task difficulty, as well as impaired Stroop performance and decreased self-monitoring. Increased rates of hunger across 200 countries predicted increased war killings, suggestive of reduced aggressive restraint. In a final experiment, self-reported hunger mediated the effect of hungry v fed participants performing worse on the Stroop task, suggesting a causal relationship of hunger reducing self-control.

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Self-Control; Self-Regulation; Hunger; Glucose; Executive Functioning

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Gailliot, M. 2013. Hunger and Reduced Self-Control in the Laboratory and across the World: Reducing Hunger as a Self-Control Panacea. Psychology, 4, 59-66. doi: 10.4236-psych.2013.41008.





Author: Matthew T. Gailliot

Source: http://www.scirp.org/



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