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Title: Prior self-control exertion and perceptions of pain during a physically demanding task
Authors: Boat, Ruth
Taylor, Ian M.
Keywords: Self-regulation
Ego depletion
Pain tolerance
Physical performance
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: BOAT, R. and TAYLOR, I.M., 2017. Prior self-control exertion and perceptions of pain during a physically demanding task. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 33, pp. 1-6.
Abstract: Objectives Exertion of self-control has been associated with impaired performance on subsequent physical tasks also requiring self-control, but it remains unknown why this occurs. This study, therefore, explored whether a) prior self-control exertion reduces subsequent persistence on a physically demanding task, and b) whether any observed performance decrements could be explained by changes in perceptions of pain. Method In a within-subject design, sixty-three individuals completed an easy (congruent) Stroop task or a difficult (incongruent) Stroop task that required self-control. Participants were then required to remain in a physically demanding posture (i.e., a ‘wall-sit’) until voluntary exhaustion and their perception of pain was recorded during the task. Results When participants completed the difficult Stroop task, they quit the wall-sit sooner. This decrement in performance was explained by greater perceptions of pain at the beginning of the wall-sit. Conclusions Perceptions of pain may, therefore, be an important attentional mechanism explaining why self-control use interferes with subsequent persistence during physically effortful tasks.
Description: This paper was published in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.07.005.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.07.005
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25999
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.07.005
ISSN: 1469-0292
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