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The effortful control of behaviors, thoughts, or emotions with the aim of increasing the likelihood of attaining long-term over short-term outcomes.
Synonyms: Self-regulation, willpower, ego strength, self-discipline
Executive/Cognitive Control
VSochat about two years ago.

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Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales Development Profile
  • behavioral regulation
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"changed capitalization for stylistic consistency"
MLewis (about five years ago)


"A particular experiment that comes to mind is what is called the Stanford marshmallow experiment conducted by Walter Mischel. If we consider this a canonical experiment, is it mentioned by name? Or would I do something more general like "deferred gratification [is a kind of] self-control"?"
MLewis (about six years ago)

Term History

REVISION 3

Definition contributed by MLewis about five years ago:The effortful control of behaviors, thoughts, or emotions with the aim of increasing the likelihood of attaining long-term over short-term outcomes.

REVISION 2

Definition contributed by RPoldrack about six years ago:The effortful control of behaviors, thoughts, or emotions with the aim of increasing the likelihood of attaining long-term over short-term outcomes.

REVISION 1

Definition contributed by EBerkman about six years ago:The effortful control of behaviors, thoughts, or emotions with the aim of increasing the likelihood of attaining long-term over short-term outcomes.

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