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Advances in Psychological Science    2017, Vol. 25 Issue (1) : 86-98     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.00086
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Reward based model and neural mechanism of self-control
DOU Ze-nan1; FANG Yuan1; ZHOU Wei1,2; QIAO Zhi-hong1
(1Beijing Key Laboratory of Applied Experimental Psychology, School of Psychology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China) (2 Century College, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing 102101, China)
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The limited resources model (i.e., the Strength Model of Self-control) has been under challenge in recent years. The considerable debate involved the unclear mechanisms of blood glucose, unsatisfying replication results, and the inadequate model lacking psychological factors such as personal willingness and beliefs. Among all other competing models, the reward based model rooted from behavior economics literature offered relatively more plausible explanation in accounting for the results found in behavioral research and the evidence from neuroscience. Based on this model, we suggest that future studies on self-control may further explore the neural mechanisms as well as the nature and nurture factors of trait self-control.

Keywords self-control      ego depletion      limited resources model      reward based model     
Corresponding Authors: QIAO Zhi-hong, E-mail:   
Issue Date: 15 January 2017
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DOU Ze-nan,FANG Yuan,ZHOU Wei, et al. Reward based model and neural mechanism of self-control[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2017, 25(1): 86-98.
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