Unifying the Scientific Concept of Self-Control: Self-Control as Task Hacking
Juan Pablo Bermúdez (Universidad Externado de Colombia)

September 24, 2019, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

1117 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh 15260
United States

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Abstract:  There are two apparently irreconcilable aspects of the scientific concept of self-control: the moment-to-moment state self-control and the stable trait of self-control. Deploying state self-control requires exerting cognitive effort, whereas the latter is linked with long-term wellbeing benefits but seems unrelated to cognitive effort. Are these two scientific constructs measuring the same thing? Or do they refer to different psychological phenomena? In this talk I propose the task-hacking view of self-control, which seeks to harmonize both aspects of the concept, make sense of the empirical literature, and help move the scientific study of self-control forward.

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