The Science of Self-Control | University of Oxford

The Science of Self-Control

Speaker
Associate Professor Neil Levy
Event date
Event time
15:30 - 17:30
Venue
Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street
Oxford
OX1 3BD
Venue details

Lecture Theatre

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

In this lecture I outline some of the main perspectives on self-control and its loss stemming from recent work in psychology. I focus in particular on the puzzle arising from the role of glucose in successful self-control. Glucose ingestion seems to boost self-control but there is good evidence that it doesn't do this by providing fuel for the relevant mechanisms. I suggest that glucose functions as a cue of resource availability rather than fuel.