Marshmallow While Driving Case Study

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Can you resist one marshmallow now so you can get two marshmallows later? Exemplifying self-regulation in a widely-known study, Mischel found that children who resisted the first marshmallow in favor of two marshmallows were more likely to be academically successful (1989). Self-regulation is the ability to override automatic tendencies, desires, or behaviors to achieve long-term goals (Schmeichel & Baumeister, 2011). By the same token, driving is a goal-directed activity that requires self-regulation of emotions and behavior, perhaps in response to an irksome tailgater or inclement weather conditions. Can you resist the metaphorical marshmallow while driving?
Key to resisting that marshmallow, self-regulation…. Self-regulation is often considered
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Self-regulation can be thought of as he power to choose of your own volition to be mindful and purposeful. Self-regulation, sometimes referred to as effortful control, may involve counter-intuitive actions (Bauer & Baumeister, 2011). As defined by Bauer and Baumeister, the goal of self-regulation is to go against the self’s tendency to function on autopilot and to consciously move in a desired direction. Shouldn’t we be driving like that? Driving as if we were travelling? Self-regulation can be learned and reinforced over time with practice (Bauer & Baumeister, 2011). Cognitive skills are a key aspect of self-regulation exemplified in goal setting, strategic planning, self-evaluation, causal attributions, and attention. Affective skills are another pivotal aspect of self-regulation with the understanding that effective emotional regulation will put someone in a better position to control …show more content…
Panek, Bayer, Cin, and Campbell (2015) suggested that we need to focus on the level of media automaticity linked with texting. Panek and colleagues suggested using implementation intentions with if-then instructions---“if X happens, then do Y.” “Ifs” are the cues related to the individual’s habit, such as texting and driving due to lack of stimulation; “thens” represent replacement of undesired behavior with more desirable behavior, such as changing the radio station (Panek et al.,

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