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Neural, Ego Depletion, Boredom, Reward, Punishment
Our brain power is exhaustible. We are constantly trying to find ways to perform at our highest levels. There has been research that has shown that willpower--the capacity to exert self-control--is a limited resource that is depleted after exertion of the brain. Many studies have shown the negative effect that depletion has on daily decisions. Depletion can influence our day-to-day choices and actions in a variety of important ways. The neural mechanisms for ego-depletion are relatively unknown so our purpose is to measure the effects of ego-depletion, and then test ways that it can be decreased or reversed, thus finding a way to improve the negative effects of depletion.
The Annual Mary Lou Fulton Mentored Research Conference showcases some of the best student research from the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. The mentored learning program encourages undergraduate students to participate in hands-on and practical research under the direction of a faculty member. Students create these posters as an aide in presenting the results of their research to the public, faculty, and their peers.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Johnson, Travis Z.; Larson, Michael; Milyavskaya, Marina; and Inzlicht, Michael, "Neural Changes Associated with Rewards and Punishment Following Ego Depletion or Boredom" (2016). FHSS Mentored Research Conference. 292.
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