abstract = {The study tested a hypothesis, based on the cog- nitive dissonance theory, that not only stimulus and re- sponse conflicts, as studied to date on the grounds of the influential conflict monitoring theory of human self-con- trol, but also semantic incompatibility between complex cognitive representations, can mobilize such self-control. In two experiments, we applied a realistic task (simulated web feed), and manipulated the amount of semantic con- flict (contradictory text messages), as well as the amount of tempting distractors (jokes and erotic pictures) that were supposed to be ignored. Experiment 1 demonstrated that semantic conflict mobilized self-control, as evidenced by participants better ignoring distraction. Experiment 2 showed that semantic conflict yielded the self-control de- pletion effect, analogous to the effects caused by a prolonged resistance to distraction, most probably because it mobilized self-control. The results extend the conflict monitoring theory, by implying that the detection of cog- nitive dissonance between incoming messages can also serve to regulate the strength of self-control.},
  author = {Tomasz Smolen and Adam Chuderski},
  doi = {10.1007/s12144-017-9594-8},
  issn = {1046-1310},
  journal = {Current Psychology},
  keywords = {Semantic conflict,Cognitive dissonance,Self-contro,cognitive dissonance,motivation,self-control,self-control depletion,semantic conflict},
  publisher = {Current Psychology},
  title = {{Semantic Conflict Mobilizes Self-Control in a Realistic Task}},
  url = {http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s12144-017-9594-8},
  year = {2017}