Speaker: Yeo Pei Shi
Title: Group as a prioritisation signal: Working with similar others facilitates self-control performance following ego depletion.
Date: Friday 3 March, 1-2 pm
Venue: AS4/02-08 (Psychology Department Meeting Room)
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.
Yeo Pei Shi is a psychology major who is enrolled in the Concurrent Degree Programme (seehttp://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/psy/current/grad_research/programmeinfo.html#concurrent). Together with Dr Jia Lile, her thesis explores the interface between self-control and group processes. This is value in integrating the ego depletion and group dynamics literature given the prevalence of group work and our successive use of self-control in everyday life.