Temptations, Goal Conflicts and Self-Control Strategies
Goal pursuit occurs in the context of competing goals. For example, the long-term pursuit of academic success often occurs in the presence of short-term hedonic goals, or temptations. Hence, pursuing a focal goal involves negotiation with other conflicting goals.
Our lab study how people resolve such goal conflicts with self-control strategies.
Sample questions that motivate our research are:
1. What is the nature of the impulses related to temptation?
2. Can we provide implicit training to reduce the impulse?
3. How do people resist temptations with self-control strategies (e.g., proactively removing temptations in an environment)?
4. Do people always abstain from temptations or do they strategically indulge in temptations?