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Alternative TitleThe Influence Mechanism of Self-distance on Self-control
喻 妍


本研究包括两个子研究:研究一采用实验室实验的方法,以 70 名高校学生为研究对象,将其在空间不相容任务上的表现作为认知控制能力的指标,探索不同自我距离倾向(自发性沉浸 V.S.自发性抽离)对自我控制的影响。研究二采用生态效度更高的经验取样法,以 242 名本科一年级学生为研究对象,将其习惯建立过程中在目标行为上的行为记录数据作为自我控制能力的指标,通过指导被试以不同主语制定目标和自我反思,对被试进行 2 周的自我距离干预(沉浸操纵组V.S.抽离操纵组)和行为记录追踪,检验自我距离的操纵在自我控制过程中的作用。结果发现:


(2)连续 2 周指导被试以第三人称为主语设定目标,并以旁观者视角评价自己目标行为完成情况和完成过程中的感受有助于增大其自我距离,实现自我抽离的操纵。



Other Abstract

Self-control is important to body and mental health as well as happiness of human beings. However, the phenomena of self-control failure are very common in our daily life. As one of the most particular psychological quality of mankind, the discussion and exploration of the self-control mechanism have already been a major topic of psychology. The strength model of self-control is a classic theory that regards one’s self-control ability as a limited resource. However, more and more research doubt that and suggest the cognition process should also be considered to rethink the happening of self-control failure thus to realize an integration of multiple theories. This research explored the progress of self-control from an adapting view via spontaneous and manipulated self-distance, to add some cognitive perspectives to self-control theory, and contribute to decreasing self-control failure.

There were two sub-studies of the present research. Study 1 included 70 college students, and took their performance on spatial incompatible task as the indicator of their self-control ability, and verified the effect of spontaneous self-distance (self-immersed V.S. self-distanced) on self-control. The second study applied a more ecologically effective experience sampling method among 242 freshmen to explore the influence of manipulated self-distance on the process of habit formation. Study 2 trained participants to use a first/third person perspective to set up a goal, and keep using the same perspective to evaluate their performance for 2 weeks, so as to manipulate their self-distance (self-immersing V.S. self-distancing) and get the digit of their daily record. The results indicated that:

(1) Spontaneous self-distanced participants appeared to be adapting to the cognition conflict during the process of earlier cognitive control task, and didn’t present self-control failure in the next block of spatial incompatible task. However, those who spontaneously had an immersed perspective showed a significant ego-depletion effect.

(2) The training of self-distancing by guiding participants to use a third person perspective to set a goal and reflect themselves was effective.

(3) In the progress of forming a habit, those who under self-distanced training reported less mental effort, and the degree of their mental effort had a downward trend with time went on. While participants in the manipulated self-immersed group didn’t represent the adapting tendency, they reported more mental effort.

This research combined experiment in lab and experience sampling method in daily life to investigate the effect of self-distance during self-control progress, and proved that self-distance could influence the process of self-control. A farther self-distance would facilitate one’s adaptation to self-control conflict, and reduce the mental effort during self-control, which could buffer ego-depletion induced by former self-control activities.

Keyword自我距离 自我控制 自我损耗 经验取样法 习惯
Degree Discipline应用心理
Degree Grantor中国科学院心理研究所
Place of Conferral中国科学院心理研究所
Document Type学位论文
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喻 妍. 自我距离对自我控制的作用机制[D]. 中国科学院心理研究所. 中国科学院心理研究所,2020.
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