Brownbag@Pei Shi 2/3/17

Brownbag@Pei Shi 2/3/17

Brownbag Session: 2 March 2017 1pm @ AS4 02-08

Pei Shi, our graduate student, will be presenting her research on “Group as a prioritisation signal: Working with similar others facilitates self-control performance following ego-depletion”

Find out more about her research below~ Be there or be square!

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Group as a prioritisation signal: Working with similar others facilitates self-control performance following ego-depletion

Abstract
We often find ourselves exhausted but still burdened with a long to-do list. Even so, we often push through to get work done because our group mates or colleagues need our input for a shared project. Inspired by such instances and the extant literature, I propose that the group can serve as a prioritisation signal after prior use of self-control (i.e., depletion). Our innate need to belong might drive us to favour and invest more effort into group tasks over individual tasks under such draining circumstances. Three experiments support the prioritisation hypothesis. Results also revealed that implicit motivation (but not self-reported motivation) plays a role in explaining why we tend to prioritise group work over individual tasks after prior depletion.